No Identity Without an Entity

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):279-305 (2015)

Luke Manning
Auburn University
Peter Geach's puzzle of intentional identity is to explain how the claim ‘Hob thinks a witch has blighted Bob's mare, and Nob wonders whether she killed Cob's sow’ is compatible with there being no such witch. I clarify the puzzle and reduce it to the familiar problem of negative existentials. That problem is a paradox of representations that seem to include denials of commitment , to carry commitment to what they deny commitment to, and to be true. The best proposed solutions can be understood through this paradox; I evaluate them, and defend a new solution
Keywords intentional identity  Peter Geach  intentional transitive verbs  negative existentials  mythical objects  mental simulation
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12074
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