Indeterminate Identity: Metaphysics and Semantics

Hardcover | September 15, 2000

byTerence Parsons

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Terence Parsons presents a lively and controversial study of philosophical questions about identity. Is a person identical with that person's body? If a ship has all its parts replaced, is the resulting ship identical with the original ship? If the discarded parts are reassembled, is the newlyassembled ship identical with the original ship? Because these puzzles remain unsolved, some people believe that they are questions that have no answers, perhaps because the questions are improperly formulated; they believe that there is a problem with the language used to formulate them. Parsonsexplores a different possibility: that such puzzles lack answers because of the way the world is (or because of the way the world is not); there is genuine indeterminacy of identity in the world. He articulates such a view in detail and defends it from a host of criticisms that have been levelledagainst the very possibility of indeterminacy in identity.

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Terence Parsons presents a lively and controversial study of philosophical questions about identity. Is a person identical with that person's body? If a ship has all its parts replaced, is the resulting ship identical with the original ship? If the discarded parts are reassembled, is the newlyassembled ship identical with the original ...

Terence Parsons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Indeterminacy; 2. Identity; 3. The Evans Argument, Properties, and DDiff; 4. Non-Conditional Disputations; 5. Conditional Disputations; 6. Understanding Indeterminacy; 7. Counting Objects; 8. Denoting Objects; 9. Alternatives to Indeterminate Identity; 10. Sets and Properties withIndeterminate Identity; 11. Higher Order Indeterminacy; Appendix; Bibliography