Philosophical Quarterly 68 (270):21-37 (2018)

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Ben Blumson
National University of Singapore
Abstract
There are at least two traditional conceptions of numerical degree of similarity. According to the first, the degree of dissimilarity between two particulars is their distance apart in a metric space. According to the second, the degree of similarity between two particulars is a function of the number of (sparse) properties they have in common and not in common. This paper argues that these two conceptions are logically independent, but philosophically inconsonant.
Keywords Similarity  Resemblance  Properties  Distance  Metric spaces
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DOI 10.1093/pq/pqx021
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