<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Adams (Robert Merrihew) - Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_65.htm">Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/A/Author_Adams (Robert Merrihew).htm">Adams (Robert Merrihew)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Journal of Philosophy. Jan 1979; 76: 5-26</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_65.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperCitings_65.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PapersToNotes_65.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Is your <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_102.htm">thisness</A><SUP>1</SUP>, the property of being you, distinct from all purely qualitative properties? </li><li>An affirmative answer to this question cannot be established by appeal to the semantics of direct reference, but only by refuting a certain doctrine of the <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_81.htm">identity of indiscernibles</A><SUP>2</SUP>. </li><li>Two types of argument against that doctrine are analyzed and defended in the present essay.</li><li> It is further argued that if the <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_81.htm">identity of indiscernibles</A><SUP>3</SUP> is false, there must be primitive trans-world identities. </li><li>Finally, some attention is given to the question, how there can be necessary connections between primitive <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_102.htm">thisnesses</A><SUP>4</SUP> and purely qualitative properties.</li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>For Reviews, see:- <ul type="disc"><li><a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20384.htm">Savitt (Steven) - Notes on Adams 'Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity'</A>", and </li><li><a name="6"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20385.htm">Funkhouser (Eric) - Notes on Adams, 'Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity'</A>". </li></ul><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:28" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:28:11</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>