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Counterpart theory and the paradox of occasional identity

Schwarz, W.

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Counterpart theory is often advertised by its track record at solving metaphysical puzzles. Here I focus on puzzles of occasional identity, wherein distinct individuals at one world or time appear to be identical at another world or time. To solve these puzzles, the usual interpretation rules of counterpart theory must be extended beyond the simple language of quantified modal logic. I present a more comprehensive semantics that allows talking about specific times and worlds, that takes into...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSchwarz, W.
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-25T03:46:03Z
dc.date.available2015-05-25T03:46:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0026-4423
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13572
dc.description.abstractCounterpart theory is often advertised by its track record at solving metaphysical puzzles. Here I focus on puzzles of occasional identity, wherein distinct individuals at one world or time appear to be identical at another world or time. To solve these puzzles, the usual interpretation rules of counterpart theory must be extended beyond the simple language of quantified modal logic. I present a more comprehensive semantics that allows talking about specific times and worlds, that takes into account the multiplicity and sortal-dependence of counterpart relations, and that does not require names to denote actual or present individuals. In addition, the semantics I defend does not identify ordinary individuals with world-bound or time-bound stages and thereby avoids the most controversial aspect of counterpart theory. Humphrey's counterpart at other worlds or times is none other than Humphrey himself.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.rights© Schwarz 2014
dc.sourceMind
dc.titleCounterpart theory and the paradox of occasional identity
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume123
dc.date.issued2014-10
local.identifier.absfor220319 - Social Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5234012xPUB90
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.oxfordjournals.org/en/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSchwarz, W., Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue492
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1057
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1094
local.identifier.doi10.1093/mind/fzu143
local.identifier.absseo970122 - Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T08:38:35Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84925439480
local.identifier.thomsonID000348526600003
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