Metaphysics of Quantities

Quantities are ubiquitous in science and especially in the physical sciences. My project aims to provide a comprehensive metaphysical account of quantities. A metaphysical account of quantities must address three key questions:

  1. What distinguishes quantities from other attributes like qualities and kinds?
  2. What ontology is needed for quantities?
  3. What is the relationship between quantities, theory, and measurement?

In this project I develop and defend a systematic answer to all three questions. The resulting view of quantities is (cautiously) realist in the sense of scientific realism, structuralist, substantivalist, and non-reductionist.

A pdf of the full manuscript is available here–please ask me for the password!


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