<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Cross (Charles B.) - Max Black on the Identity of Indiscernibles (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_06/PaperSummary_6443.htm">Max Black on the Identity of Indiscernibles</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Cross (Charles B.).htm">Cross (Charles B.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophical Quarterly 45.180 (Jul. 1995), pp. 350-360</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6443.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><BR><BR>I give a critique of the argument against the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_81.htm">Identity of Indiscernibles</A><SUP>1</SUP> found in Max Black's dialogue "The Identity of <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6443_2">Indiscernibles</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6443_2"></A>". I begin by postulating and giving existence and <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_77.htm">individuation</A><SUP>3</SUP> conditions for actually existent <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiment</A><SUP>4</SUP> characters on analogy with fictional characters as postulated in Peter van Inwagen's "Creatures of <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6443_5">Fiction</A></U><SUB>5</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6443_5"></A>". I then show that Black's two-spheres <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiment</A><SUP>6</SUP> raises not one but two discernibility questions: <ol type="1"><li>Is it true in the two-spheres <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiment</A><SUP>7</SUP> that there exist two indiscernible spheres? NO. </li><li>Is it true in the actual world that there are two indiscernible sphere-characters? YES.</li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P6443_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6443_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: See <a name="6"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_01/Abstract_1986.htm">Black (Max) - The Identity of Indiscernibles</A>". <a name="On-Page_Link_P6443_5"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6443_5"><B>Footnote 5</B></A></U>: See <a name="7"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3656.htm">Van Inwagen (Peter) - Creatures of Fiction</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="2018-08-02T06:46" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:46:27</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>