Sperm, eggs and hunks: Biological origins and identity [Book Review]

Acta Analytica 24 (2):113-126 (2009)
In several publications Graeme Forbes has developed and defended one of the strongest arguments for essentialism about biological origins. I attempt to show that there are deep, as yet unrecognized, problems with this argument. The problems with Forbes’s argument suggest that a range of other arguments for various forms of origin essentialism are also likely to be flawed, and that we should abandon the seemingly plausible general metaphysical thesis that concrete entities that share all intrinsic properties are identical.
Keywords Essentialism  Metaphysics  Modality  Biological origins  Intrinsic properties
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