Identity And Modality

Hardcover | August 20, 2006

EditorFraser MacBride

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The papers in this volume address fundamental, and interrelated, philosophical issues concerning modality and identity, issues that have not only been pivotal to the development of analytic philosophy in the twentieth century, but remain a key focus of metaphysical debate in the twenty-first.How are we to understand the concepts of necessity and possibility? Is chance a basic ingredient of reality? How are we to make sense of claims about personal identity? Do numbers require distinctive identity criteria? Does the capacity to identify an object presuppose an ability to bring it under asortal concept? Rather than presenting a single, partisan perspective, Identity and Modality enriches our understanding of identity and modality by bringing together papers written by leading researchers working in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of mathematics.The resulting variety of perspectives correspondingly reflects both the breadth and depth of contemporary theorizing about identity and modality, each paper addressing a particular issue and advancing our knowledge of the area. This volume will provide essential reading for graduate students in the subject and professional philosophers.

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The papers in this volume address fundamental, and interrelated, philosophical issues concerning modality and identity, issues that have not only been pivotal to the development of analytic philosophy in the twentieth century, but remain a key focus of metaphysical debate in the twenty-first.How are we to understand the concepts of nec...

Fraser MacBride is at Birkbeck College at the University of London.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:August 20, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199285747

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IntroductionI. Modality1. Gideon Rosen: The Limits of Contingency2. Scott Sturgeon: Modal Infallibilism and Basic Truth3. John Divers and Jason Hagen: The Modal Fictionalist Predicament4. Philip Percival: On Realism about ChanceII. Identity and Individuation5. Stewart Shapiro: Structure and Identity6. Jukka Keranen: The Identity Problem for Realist Structuralism II: A Reply to Shapiro7. Stewart Shapiro: The Governance of Identity8. Fraser MacBride: The Julius Caesar Objection: More Problematic than Ever9. John Campbell: Sortals and the Binding ProblemIII. Personal Identity10. Keith Hossack: Vagueness and Personal Identity11. Eric T. Olson: The Bodily Criterion of Personal Identity

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.,."this is an impressive volume, of significant interest to anyone who wants to stay abreast of developments in contemporary metaphysics."--Matti Eklund, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews