In Alexandre Guay & Thomas Pradeu (eds.), Individuals Across the Sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 207-225 (2015)

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David Glick
University of California, Davis
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The ways in which space-time points and elementary particles are modeled share a curious feature: neither seems to specify which basic object has which properties. This chapter sketches the motivation for this claim and searches for an explanation for it. After reviewing several proposals, it argues for a view according to which objects occupy their place in a given relational structure essentially. This view, which is termed minimal structural essentialism, provides a metaphysical grounding for the physical equivalence of models related by permutation. An interesting consequence of this position is that space-time points and elemental particles turn out to be individuals, albeit of a rather different sort than has traditionally been considered.
Keywords structural realism  permutation invariance  hole argument
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