David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Topics 20 (1):269-292 (1992)
Some relations - like supervenience and composition - can appear very much like identity. Sometimes, the relata differ only in modal, or modally-involved features. Yet, in some cases, we judge the pairs to be identical (water/H2O; Hesperus/Phosphorus), while in others, many judge one of the weaker relations to hold (c-fiber firing/pain; statues/lumps). Given the seemingly same actual properties these pairs have, what can justify us in sometimes believing identity is the relation, and sometimes something weaker? I argue that it can only be knowledge of differences of individuative criteria that we know a priori because they are built into the meanings of the words/concepts involved. Possible metaphysical conclusions are considered
|Keywords||identity, supervenience, constitution, coincidence, modal epistemology|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Alan Sidelle (2009). Conventionalism and the Contingency of Conventions. Noûs 43 (2):224-241.
Crawford L. Elder (2007). Conventionalism and the World as Bare Sense-Data. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (2):261 – 275.
Similar books and articles
Charles B. Cross (2011). Brute Facts, the Necessity of Identity, and the Identity of Indiscernibles. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 92 (1):1-10.
Hagit Benbaji (2008). Constitution and the Explanatory Gap. Synthese 161 (2):183-202.
Jean-Yves Beziau (1996). Identity, Structure and Logic. Bulletin of the Section of Logic 25:89-9.
Raymond Tallis (2010). Machine Generated Contents Note: Introduction; 1. Identity of Meaning / Adrian Poole; 2. Identity and the Law / Lionel Bently; 3. Species-Identity / Peter Crane; 4. Mathematical Identity / Marcus Du Sautoy; 5. Immunological Identity / Philippa Marrack; 6. Visualizing Identity / Ludmilla Jordanova; 7. Musical Identity / Christopher Hogwood; 8. Identity and the Mind. [REVIEW] In Giselle Walker & E. S. Leedham-Green (eds.), Identity. Cambridge University Press.
John Gibbons (1993). Identity Without Supervenience. Philosophical Studies 70 (1):59-79.
John Haugeland (1982). Weak Supervenience. American Philosophical Quarterly 19 (January):93-103.
Dalia Drai (2003). Externalism and Identity. Synthese 134 (3):463-475.
Ryan J. Wasserman (2005). Humean Supervenience and Personal Identity. Philosophical Quarterly 55 (221):582-593.
Giselle Walker & E. S. Leedham-Green (eds.) (2010). Identity. Cambridge University Press.
Theodore Sider (1999). Global Supervenience and Identity Across Times and Worlds. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 49 (4):913-937.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads38 ( #54,010 of 1,681,636 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #33,958 of 1,681,636 )
How can I increase my downloads?