In Mark Jago (ed.), Reality Making. Oxford University Press. pp. 121-151 (2016)

Nicholas K. Jones
University of Birmingham
This paper outlines a heterodox and largely unexplored conception of objecthood according to which the notion of an individual object is a determinable. §1 outlines the view. §2 argues that the view is incompatible with a natural analysis of kind membership and, as a consequence, undermines the Quinean distinction between ontology and ideology. The view is then used to alleviate one source of Quinean hostility towards non-trivial restrictions on de re possibility in §3, and to elucidate Fine’s neo-Aristoteltian, non-modal conception of essence in §4. §5 concludes.
Keywords sortals  essence  de re modality  objecthood  wiggins  determinates and determinables
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