Rappresentazione strutturale delle entità neutrali. Il monismo neutrale da un punto di vista analitico e storico-filosofico

Supervised by:
  1. Vincenzo Fano Director
  2. Joseba Andoni Ibarra Unzueta Director

Defence university: Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Fecha de defensa: 26 February 2021

  1. Beatrice Centi Chair
  2. Vincenzo Fano Secretary
  3. Joseba Andoni Ibarra Unzueta Committee member
  4. Mauro Antonelli Committee member
  1. Filosofía

Type: Thesis

Teseo: 153914 DIALNET lock_openADDI editor


My doctoral investigation intends to clarify the philosophical concept of ¿neutral entity¿. Inparticular, it aims to find a definition of neutral entities which is consistent with the mainontological and epistemological theses of neutral monism. For this purpose, the thesisundertakes a new method which marries analytic philosophy to history of philosophy(Friedman et al. 2010). The problem of defining neutral entities is analytically formulatedunder the name of ¿difficulty of neutrality¿. To solve this problem, the investigation appliestwo main hypothesis and is divided into two parts. The first hypothesis is that (1) neutralentities feature three general properties: being ¿qualitative¿, ¿subjectless¿ and ¿structural¿.The second hypothesis is that (2) the movement of neutral monism must be enlarged toinclude a structural current of itself whose original works are some writings of the earlyCarnap. The first part of the thesis makes the hypotheses (1) and (2) appliable. The secondpart develops, gathers and interprets the consequences of their application. This way, myinvestigation obtains two main results: (I) neutral entities are epistemically elusive and getsto be knowable only according to their structural properties; (II) collections of neutralentities are formally identified with dual sets of lattice representation theorems.