Occasions of Identity: A Study in the Metaphysics of Persistence, Change, and Sameness

Paperback | June 3, 2003

byAndre Gallois

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Occasions of Identity is an exploration of timeless philosophical issues about persistence, change, time, and sameness. Andre Gallois offers a critical survey of various rival views about the nature of identity and change, and puts forward his own original theory in the face of the prevailingorthodoxy. He argues that it is coherent and helpful to suppose that things can be identical at one time, but distinct at another - in other words, that there are genuine occasional identities. Gallois defends this view against objections, demonstrates how it can solve puzzles about persistencedating back to the Ancient Greeks, and investigates the metaphysical consequences of rejecting the necessity and eternity of identities.

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Occasions of Identity is an exploration of timeless philosophical issues about persistence, change, time, and sameness. Andre Gallois offers a critical survey of various rival views about the nature of identity and change, and puts forward his own original theory in the face of the prevailingorthodoxy. He argues that it is coherent and...

Andre Gallois is at Syracuse University, New York.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:June 3, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199261830

ISBN - 13:9780199261833

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Table of Contents

I: THE PROBLEM AND SOME SOLUTIONS1. Puzzle Cases2. Solutions to the Puzzle CasesII: OCCASIONAL IDENTITIES3. Occasional Identities: A Preliminary Account4. Counting Amoebae5. Extending the Occasional Identity Thesis6. Defending Contingent Identities7. Perry and Myro on Occasional IdentitiesIII: ALTERNATIVE ACCOUNTS8. Identity Strict and Loose9. Indeterminate Identities10. The Four-Dimensional WorldBibliographyIndex

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`The book is well-organised and clearly written ... Gallois is very clever and ingenious in his defence of the Occasional Identity Thesis and is broadly fair to his opponents, about whose positions he is well-informed. His arguments are rigorous and well-constructed and his mastery of sometricky points of logic is impressive.'Mind