Quantities – such as weights, distances, durations, sizes, densities, intensities, charges, temperatures, amounts, frequencies, forces – play a central role in our scientific understanding of reality. On the one hand, natural sciences describe natural entities, as well as the laws of nature governing their behavior, as essentially quantitative; on the other hand, social sciences make an extensive use of quantities in the mathematical and statistical investigation of social phenomena. Quantities populate our every day life as well, by constituting essential characteristics of the processes we are involved in or the entities we interact with, such as the temporal duration of our activities, the spatial distance between where those activities take place, or the price of our economic exchanges are all quantities of some sort.

This SNF funded project investigates foundational questions about the nature of quantities.


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