Quantum sortal predicates

Synthese 154 (3):417 - 430 (2007)
Sortal predicates have been associated with a counting process, which acts as a criterion of identity for the individuals they correctly apply to. We discuss in what sense certain types of predicates suggested by quantum physics deserve the title of ‘sortal’ as well, although they do not characterize either a process of counting or a criterion of identity for the entities that fall under them. We call such predicates ‘quantum-sortal predicates’ and, instead of a process of counting, to them is associated a ‘criterion of cardinality’. After their general characterization, it is discussed how these predicates can be formally described.
Keywords Sortal predication  Quantum predicates  Sortal logic  Intensional semantics
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DOI 10.2307/27653467
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