David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
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Metaphysica 6 (2):91-109 (2005)
The metaphysical concept of continuity is important, not least because physical continua are not known to be impossible. While it is standard to model them with a mathematical continuum based upon set-theoretical intuitions, this essay considers, as a contribution to the debate about the adequacy of those intuitions, the neglected intuition that dividing the length of a line by the length of an individual point should yield the line’s cardinality. The algebraic properties of that cardinal number are derived pre-theoretically from the obvious properties of a line of points, whence it becomes clear that such a number would cohere surprisingly well with our elementary number systems.
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