Vishwas Narendra (vishnix) wrote in philociphers,
Vishwas Narendra
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Qualitative and quantitative

Philosophically speaking, is there any fundamental difference between qualitative and quantitative in the context of comparison? What is viewed as "qualitative different" might be a case of "quantitatively different", except that we know lesser about it. Equally, the opposite belief might also be justly held.

Additionally, is an answer to this question possible independently of the metaphysical beliefs of a person? For instance, a materialist (in the metaphysical sense) who believes that there in a single fundamental unit will be more inclined to agree that both qualitative and quantitive difference are just different configurations of the same fundamental unit. A mind-body dualist will perhaps be of the opinion that qualitative and quantitative difference are two separate concepts.
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