Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Individuation, philosophy: the picking out of an object by a determination by means of additional information which is not to be derived from a single statement which contains this object. For example, beliefs are individualized by content, not e.g. by the length of the character strings with which they are expressed. The contents of a belief are, in turn, not individuated by their repetition, but by other contents.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Individuation / Esfeld: ind. of belief states: by content - meaning: ind. of beliefs by conceptual content and common standards (external) and role in the belief system - ind. of content:. by the inferential role - ind. of behavior: naturalistic: by disposition. 2 order (coordination) - ind. of representations: extern by causal causation through things - wrong: that components of mixed inner states are individuated by components of the world "correlation" - Howard: separability is crucial for the individuation of physical systems. So in superposition there is only one system - EsfeldVs: empty holism, easy to speak of a system. There must be an internal structure - we may very well refer to the parts.

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M. Esfeld
Holismus Frankfurt/M 2002

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-06-22