<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>McGinn (Colin) - 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_05/PaperSummary_5978.htm">Identity</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/M/Author_McGinn (Colin).htm">McGinn (Colin)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: McGinn - Logical Properties, 2000, Chapter 1</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5978.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PapersToNotes_5978.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P5978_1">Author s Abstract</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P5978_1"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Four central claims about the nature of identity are formulated. Identity is unitary, indefinable, fundamental, and it is a genuine relation. </li><li>This general conception of identity is appealed to in later chapters when discussing other topics. </li></ol> </FONT><BR><U><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P5978_2">Author s Abstract</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P5978_2"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>I start the book with the notion of identity, which I take to be a paradigm logical notion. I argue that identity is a single unitary relation applicable across the full range of objects (and properties etc); it is not in any way relative or qualified according to the type of object to which it applies. It is a simple absolute relation that necessarily holds of any actual or conceivable entity. </li><li>Attempts to define identity - say by <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_81.htm">Leibniz's law</A><SUP>3</SUP> - are doomed to circularity, since it occupies far too deep a role in our thought for it to emerge from other concepts. Every thought brings with it a tacit invocation of the identity concept. </li><li>Despite its universality, the concept of identity is not redundant or in any way unreal; it is simply a relation that characterizes every thinkable (and unthinkable) thing. I expect much of this chapter will strike the reader as familiar; my aim is to use these claims about identity as a foil for what follows. </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Photocopy filed in <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5970.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 10 (M1: Ma-Mc)</A>".<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P5978_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P5978_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from Oxford Scholarship Online. <a name="On-Page_Link_P5978_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P5978_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20500.htm">McGinn (Colin) - Prcis of 'Logical Properties: Identity, Existence, Prediction, Necessity, Truth'</A>". <BR><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="2018-08-02T06:40" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:40:07</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>