Mixtures and modality

Foundations of Chemistry 7 (1):103-118 (2004)
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Some points are made about substance properties in their role of introducing mass terms. In particular, two conditions of distributivity and cumulativity of mass predicates expressing these properties are not the independent pair they first appear to be. A classification of macroscopic substance concepts is developed. This needs to be complemented in some way by the introduction of a modal qualification reminiscent of Aristotle's distinction between actual and potential presence of substances in a mixture. Consideration of the latter feature has prompted Joe Earley to raise the question of whether there is any salt in the sea. I try to argue that there is.



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