Re: [OPE-L] equality versus equivalence

From: Fred Moseley (fmoseley@MTHOLYOKE.EDU)
Date: Sat Jul 14 2007 - 22:21:55 EDT

Quoting glevy@PRATT.EDU:

>>>> Would it be accurate to say that equality is QUANTITATIVE and
> equivalence may not be quantitative? <<<
> Hi Fred:
> No.  Equality has both qualitative and quantitative dimensions.
> Equality in the context of this discussion should not be taken to mean
> merely an equal sign (=) in an equation.
> Of course I don't have the references in front of me, but it might be
> interesting from a history of thought perspective to (re-)examine what
> Hegel wrote on the distinction between equality and equivalence.
> In solidarity, Jerry

Jerry, I did not say that equality cannot be qualitative.
Quantitative equality requires qualititative equality (a common unit of

I asked if equivalence does not have to be quantitative.


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