Identity, Quantification, and Number
In T. Tahko (ed.), Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics. Cambridge University Press. pp. 66-82 (2012)
E. J. Lowe and others argue that there can be 'uncountable' things admitting of no numerical description. This implies that there can be something without there being at least one such thing, and that things can be identical without being one or nonidentical without being two. The clearest putative example of uncountable things is portions of homogeneous stuff or 'gunk'. The paper argues that there is a number of portions of gunk if there is any gunk at all, and that the possibility of uncountable things is inadequately supported.
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