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Write-up2 (as at 17/08/2018 21:59:02): Thisness (Haecceity)
- Haecceity – or Primitive Thisness – is an idea in the logic of identity that allows for an individual thing to be that thing irrespective of its properties. It’s the ultimate expression of the “pin cushion” model of substances4 (with the pins being properties5).
- It’s in tension with Leibniz’s6 rather dubious “law of the identity of indiscernibles”. I think it arises in the “universe with only two spheres” TE7, which have all the same properties – both intrinsic and relational – yet are intuitively distinct. Haecceity explains why (it may be said).
- If haecceity is allowed, then there are no essential properties, and certain dubious forms of metamorphosis8 – for instance – are allowed.
- So, while animalism9 says that we are essentially human animals, haecceity would (I presume) allow us to be transformed (if gradually) into transhumans10, via cyborgisation11 - or maybe to be converted into androids12. It would also allow the replacement of our brains13 by siliconisation14 to be identity-preserving (both15 our identity, and that of our brains).
- For a page of Links16 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read17, include18 the following:-
- "Armstrong (David) - The Argument of Universals and Scientific Realism Vol. 1 (Nominalism and Realism)", Armstrong
- "Ayers (Michael R.) - Locke on 'Masses of Matter'", Ayers
- "Johnston (Mark) - Manifest Kinds", Johnston
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Immortality", Shoemaker
- "Wilson (Jack) - Beyond Horses and Oak Trees: A New Theory of Individuation for Living Entities", Wilson
- The categorised reading list for this Note, is rather long given that this topic doesn’t appear to be central to my research. However, I’ve included most of them:-
- "Adams (Robert Merrihew) - Actualism and Thisness", Adams
- "Adams (Robert Merrihew) - Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity", Adams
→ "Funkhouser (Eric) - Notes on Adams, 'Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity'", Funkhouser
→ "Savitt (Steven) - Notes on Adams 'Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity'", Savitt
- "Allaire (Edwin B.) - Another Look at Bare Particulars", Allaire
- "Bailey (Andrew M.) - No Bare Particulars", Bailey
- "Davis (Richard Brian) - Haecceities, individuation and the Trinity: a reply to Keith Yandell", Dale
- "Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal", Johnston
- "Jubien (Michael) - Some Properties of Things", Jubien
- "Moyer (Mark) - Defending Coincidence: An Explanation of a Sort", Moyer
- "Rosenkrantz (Gary) - Haecceity: An Ontological Essay", Rosenkrantz19
- "Skow (Bradford) - Haecceitism, Anti-Haecceitism and Possible Worlds", Skow
- "Stalnaker (Robert) - Counterparts and Identity", Stalnaker
- "Swinburne (Richard) - Body and Soul", Swinburne
- "Swinburne (Richard) - The Nature of Souls; Their Thisness", Swinburne20
- This is mostly a place-holder21.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (17/08/2018 21:59:02).
- 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.
- I’m dubious about both claims, but a strict animalist would accept the former – as my brain is “just another organ”, replacing it with another – but functionally equivalent – organ with which it is non-identical would not affect the identity of the animal any more than an artificial heart would.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
- I don’t have this book, as it’s very expensive (£180), but quite a lot of the text is visible on Amazon.
- The two items by Swinburne may be useful as they bring in Swinburne’s “Soul View”.
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