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Determining Sameness of Substance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2015 (English)In: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, ISSN 0007-0882, E-ISSN 1464-3537Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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The idea that the extension of a chemical substance is fixed by determining what stands in the relation of being the same substance to a paradigm sample plays a substantial role in chemistry, and procedures of identification which don’t make direct use of the method can be traced back to ones that do. But paradigm samples are not typically selected by ostension, as in Putnam’s version of this procedure. The relevance of ostension is questioned after a discussion of the establishment of paradigm specimens in the analysis of some contents of crude oil and an examination of the general features of the same substance relation which takes into account the temporal dependency and the consequent role of characteristic features of substances.

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Same substance, single substance, characteristic properties, paradigm sample, ostension
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125557DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axv050OAI: diva2:893932
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2016-01-14Bibliographically approved

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