Properly Extensive Quantities

Philosophy of Science 82 (5):833-844 (2015)
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Zee R. Perry
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Abstract
This article introduces and motivates the notion of a “properly extensive” quantity by means of a puzzle about the reliability of certain canonical length measurements. An account of these measurements’ success, I argue, requires a modally robust connection between quantitative structure and mereology that is not mediated by the dynamics and is stronger than the constraints imposed by “mere additivity.” I outline what it means to say that length is not just extensive but properly so and then briefly sketch an application of proper extensiveness to the project of providing a reductive ground for metric quantitative structure
Keywords Quantities  Mereology  Measurement  Extensive Quantities  Additive Quantities  Metaphysics of Quantity  Length  Physical Properties
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DOI 10.1086/683323
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