Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Extrinsic, philosophy: intrinsic refers to properties that an object must have in order to be this object. This is not the same as the distinction between essential and non-essential properties. For example, the property of being known by many is an extrinsic property for a human. The person would be the same without this property. See also intrinsicness, essence, properties, features, necessity.
 
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I 193
Extrinsic explanation/Loar/Field: E.g. when the role of numbers is only the role of names (descriptions) of properties of the physical system - then the properties of numbers will have no effect on the system - e.e. is often useful - but it must have an underlying intrinsic explanation.
III 44
Extrinsic explanation/Field: E.g. distance and angle size, use real numbers, but these are causally irrelevant - intrinsic e.: uses "betweenness" and congruence - (without numbers) - Numbers: are eliminated because they are causally ineffective - (as opposed to electrons) - Extrinsic explanation/Field: fruitless, if they are to be the final outcome - intrinsically: can be arbitrarily: E.g. standard meter.

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Fie III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-25