This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Properties' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. Click here for Note.
Write-up1 (as at 16/10/2017 10:43:41): Properties
- Properties are relevant to my Thesis of Personal Identity because it is the possession of incompatible properties at different times that is the explanation of change3. And, the key question in Personal Identity – other than what we are4 – is what changes we can undergo and still persist5.
- The problem of Temporary Intrinsics6, which are intrinsic (ie. non-relational) properties that are “just had” by a persisting object at some time(s) but not others, is central to the explanation of change, and to the decision whether Endurantism7, Perdurantism8 or Exdurantism9 is the better account of persistence.
- This topic also relates to that of Universals10, which is what realists claim properties to be.
- A reading list that is relevant to my Thesis on Personal Identity, and is not already covered by the Notes above, is difficult to construct.
- Best to start with "Mellor (D.H.) & Oliver (Alex), Eds. - Properties: Oxford Readings in Philosophy" (in particular "Mellor (D.H.) & Oliver (Alex) - Properties : Introduction") for general background.
- The following items might also be mentioned:-
- "Browning (Douglas) - Sameness Through Change and the Coincidence of Properties", Browning
- "Jubien (Michael) - Some Properties of Things", Jubien
- "McGinn (Colin) - Predication", McGinn
- "Olson (Eric) - Properties as parts of ordinary objects", Olson
- "Parsons (Josh) - Distributional Properties", Parsons
- This is mostly a place-holder11. See the categorised reading-list below for further reading.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (16/10/2017 10:43:41).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
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