<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Quine (W.V.) - Identity: an Excerpt From Quiddities (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_01/PaperSummary_1780.htm">Identity: an Excerpt From Quiddities</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/Q/Author_Quine (W.V.).htm">Quine (W.V.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Van Inwagen & Zimmerman - Metaphysics: The Big Questions</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PaperSummary_1780.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PapersToNotes_1780.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Notes</u><ol type="1"><li>From Quiddities</li><li>Identity as a true relation (against Hume s doubts). </li><li>Identity as useful (contra <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>1</SUP> s doubts). </li><li>Treats briefly of Heraclitus s river, <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_44.htm">Ship of Theseus</A><SUP>2</SUP> & <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_9.htm">Persons</A><SUP>3</SUP>. </li><li>Common theme: persistence through complete change of parts. Riddles arise because of what we choose to count as the reference of our words. </li><li>Words as occasionally vague instruments. Agrees with Humpty Dumpty. </li><li>So it s arbitrary whether we say a person counts as beginning at conception, birth or in between. Persons taken loosely to be their bodies? </li><li>Continuity of change is necessary for identity-preservation. </li><li>Mentions stages.</li><li><b>Brief Evaluation</b>: <ul type="disc"><li>Vagueness of language OK, but no mention of <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>4</SUP>. </li><li>No consideration of possibility that a person may begin to exist only after birth (if ever). </li><li>No consideration that stages, rather than language, solve the <em><a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_44.htm">Ship of Theseus</A><SUP>5</SUP></em> problem. </li></ul></li></ol><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></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="2018-08-02T05:49" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:49:07</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>