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Haecceity : An Ontological Essay - Gary S. Rosenkrantz


An Ontological Essay

Hardcover Published: 31st August 1993
ISBN: 9780792324386
Number Of Pages: 256

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Many contemporary philosophers are interested in the scotistic notion of haecceity or `thisness' because it is relevant to important problems concerning identity and individuation, reference, modality, and propositional attitudes. Haecceity is the only book-length work devoted to this topic. The author develops a novel defense of Platonism, arguing, first, that abstracta - nonqualitative haecceities - are needed to explain concreta's being diverse at a time; and second, that unexemplified haecceities are then required to accommodate the full range of cases in which there are possible worlds containing individuals not present in the actual world. In the cognitive area, an original epistemic argument is presented which implies that certain haecceities can be grasped by a person: his own, those of certain of his mental states, and those of various abstracta, but not those of external things. It is argued that in consequence there is a clear sense in which one is directly acquainted with the former entities, but not with external things.

Introductory Preliminairesp. 1
Haecceity: An Initial Accountp. 1
Qualitative and Nonqualitative Abstractap. 6
Controversies About Haecceitiesp. 11
Modal Conceptsp. 16
Cognitive and Linguistic Conceptsp. 22
Haecceities and Individual Essencesp. 42
Varieties of Realism and Anti-Realismp. 53
The Concrete/Abstract Distinctionp. 56
Qualitative and Nonqualitative Propertiesp. 69
The Problem of Individuationp. 72
Metaphysical Explanationsp. 72
Qualitatively Indistinguishable Concretap. 77
Proposed Criteria of Individuationp. 82
Principles of Evaluation for the Proposed Criteriap. 93
Evaluations of the Proposed Criteriap. 97
The Haecceity Criterion: Neither Trivial Nor Circularp. 106
Responses To A Priori Objections to Haecceityp. 124
Haecceity: A Metaphysical Explanation of Diversityp. 130
Haecceities and Nonexistent Possible Individualsp. 140
The Individuation of NEPsp. 140
The Individuation of Disjoint Objectsp. 146
Objections To Unexemplified Haecceities: A Replyp. 150
The Unity of Metaphysical Modalitiesp. 166
Singular Reference and Unexemplified Haecceitiesp. 168
Mereological Descriptions of Unexemplified Haecceitiesp. 168
Causal Descriptions of Unexemplified Haecceitiesp. 179
Acquaintancep. 184
Haecceities and Acquaintancep. 184
Haecceities and Re-identificationp. 191
An Argument for Premise 1 of Rp. 196
An Argument for Premise 2 of Rp. 198
Synchronic Versions of Rp. 204
Objections to R and its Analogs: A Rebuttalp. 214
Divine Cognition and Haecceitiesp. 220
The Objects of Acquaintancep. 225
Objections to Russellian Objects of Acquaintance: A Responsep. 236
Cognitively Inaccessible Haecceitiesp. 241
Index of Namesp. 245
Index of Subjectsp. 247
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ISBN: 9780792324386
ISBN-10: 0792324382
Series: Philosophical Studies Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st August 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.54 x 16.61  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.58