Labels for Non-Individuals?

  • Adonai S. Sant'Anna*
Original Paper

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Quasi-set theory is a first-order theory without identity, which allows us to cope with non-individuals in a sense. A weaker equivalence relation called “indistinguishability” is an extension of identity in the sense that if x is identical to y then x and y are indistinguishable, although the reciprocal is not always valid. The interesting point is that quasi-set theory provides us with a useful mathematical background for dealing with collections of indistinguishable elementary quantum particles. In the present paper, however, we show that even in quasi-set theory it is possible to label objects that are considered as non-individuals. This is the first paper of a series that will be dedicated to the philosophical and physical implications of our main mathematical result presented here.

Key words:

quasi-sets non-individuality labels quantum mechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbia

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