Indeterminacy, identity and counterparts: Evans reconsidered

Synthese 168 (1):81 - 96 (2009)

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Elizabeth Barnes
University of Virginia
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In this paper I argue that Gareth Evans’ famous proof of the impossibility of de re indeterminate identity fails on a counterpart-theoretic interpretation of the determinacy operators. I attempt to motivate a counterpart-theoretic reading of the determinacy operators and then show that, understood counterpart-theoretically, Evans’ argument is straightforwardly invalid.
Keywords Vague identity  Ontic vagueness  Indeterminacy  Counterpart theory
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-008-9314-x
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