<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Woodruff (Peter) & Parsons (Terence) - Indeterminancy of Identity of Objects and Sets (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_23/PaperSummary_23096.htm">Indeterminancy of Identity of Objects and Sets</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Woodruff (Peter).htm">Woodruff (Peter)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/P/Author_Parsons (Terence).htm">Parsons (Terence)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophical Perspectives, Vol. 11, Mind, Causation, and World (1997), pp. 321-348</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23096.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Authors Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The purpose of this essay is to explore the idea that identity might be indeterminate. That is, that certain questions of identity have no answer, not because of an inadequacy in the language in which they are framed, but because of genuine indeterminacy in the world. </li><li>In section 1 we describe this idea in general terms, in section 2 we give a classical "picturing" of the situation designed to allay fears that the idea is incoherent, in section 3 we discuss Evans-like attempts to disprove the view, in section 4 we extend the account to sets of objects, and in section 5 we discuss a classical alternative to the view of indeterminacy described in the first three sections.</li></ol></FONT><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="2018-08-02T10:02" pubdate>02/08/2018 10:02:45</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>