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Jo E. Wolff (KCL): “Absolutism about Quantity – Decision by case study?”

13 February, 5:15 pm6:45 pm

Abstract: Recent work on physical quantities has focused on a debate over absolutism vs. comparativism about quantities. In this talk I will be interested in whether this debate can be decided by arguments from physics. I will look at several case studies from the physical sciences, some of which have been invoked to make a case for comparativism, while others seem suitable to support absolutism. I argue that none of the case studies succeeds as an argument in favour of comparativism. In the final part of the talk I turn to the question whether any of the case studies makes a decisive case for absolutism.

Jo E. Wolff is a Lecturer in Philosophy at King’s College London.

 

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Date:
13 February
Time:
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
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Organiser

Bryan W. Roberts
Email:
b.w.roberts@lse.ac.uk

Venue

LAK 2.06
Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Website:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/