Haecceitism, anti-haecceitism, and possible worlds: A case study

Philosophical Quarterly 58:97-107 (2008)
Abstract
Possible-worlds talk obscures, rather than clarifies, the debate about haecceitism. In this paper I distinguish haecceitism and anti-haecceitism from other doctrines that sometimes go under those names. Then I defend the claim that there are no non-tendentious definitions of ‘haecceitism’ and ‘anti-haecceitism’ using possible-worlds talk. That is, any definition of ‘haecceitism’ using possible-worlds talk depends, for its correctness, on a substantive theory of the nature of possible worlds. This explains why using possible-worlds talk when discussing haecceitism causes confusion: if the parties to the discussion presuppose different theories of the nature of possible worlds, then they will mean different things by ‘haecceitism’.
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Delia Graff Fara (2009). Dear Haecceitism. Erkenntnis 70 (3):285 - 297.
Delia Graff Fara (2009). Dear Haecceitism. Erkenntnis 70 (3):285–297.
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