On the Need for Properties: The Road to Pythagoreanism and Back

@article{Martin1997OnTN,
  title={On the Need for Properties: The Road to Pythagoreanism and Back},
  author={C. B. Martin},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={1997},
  volume={112},
  pages={193-231}
}
The development of a compositional model shows the incoherence of such notions as levels of being and both bottom-up and top-down causality. The mathematization of nature through the partial considerations of physics qua quantities is seen to lead to Pythagoreanism, if what is not included in the partial consideration is denied. An ontology of only probabilities, if not Pythagoreanism, is equivalent to a world of primitive dispositionalities. Problems are found with each. There is a need for… CONTINUE READING
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