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Identity and Modality (Mind Association Occasional Series) by Fraser MacBride

By Fraser MacBride

The 11 new papers during this quantity handle basic and interrelated philosophical concerns pertaining to modality and id, concerns that have been pivotal to the advance of analytic philosophy within the 20th century, and stay a key concentration of dialogue within the twenty-first. identification and Modality brings jointly best researchers in metaphysics, the philosophy of brain, the philosophy of technology, and the philosophy of arithmetic.

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Let’s consider one more application of the Non-Standard Conception, this time to a thesis about the constitution of ordinary particulars. D. M. Armstrong has long maintained that whenever two particulars resemble one another, this is because they share an immanent universal as a common part (Armstrong 1978). Let us grant the coherence of the very idea of an immanent universal, wholly located in distinct particulars. In fact, let us grant that in the actual world similarity works as Armstrong says it does.

To reinforce the worry, let be a sum of enduring runabouts. Suppose it changes shape. Now echo Lewis: When changes its shape, that is not a matter of its changing relationship to other things, or its relationship to other changing things. does the changing, all by itself. At first blush this looks incredible. After all, ’s changing shape is a matter of its runabout parts. They change its shape. The shift is precisely a matter of ’s relationship to changing things. It is a matter of ’s relationship to runabout parts.

Here too conflict grows, at least in part, from the view that intelligibility yields genuine possibility. 7 The schema’s validity is our main topic. It is one of some urgency. For as we have just seen, free movement from intelligibility to possibility breeds conflict in Basic Metaphysics. So we must ask: what kind of intelligibility, if any, marks genuine possibility? Are there readings of ‘Int(—)’ which make (L) valid? 4.

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