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Thesis - Only 'X' and 'Y' Principle
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• This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Only 'X' and 'Y' Principle1' during my Thesis research, as from 2019.
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Write-up2 (as at 16/09/2020 09:11:31): Only 'X' and 'Y' Principle

Plug Note3
• This principle4 – probably first enunciated by Harold Noonan – claims that in saying whether X is identical to Y, the existence of some other entity Z should have no bearing.
• The principle is averse to Closest Continuer5 theories, where a “better candidate” – often in modal situations – can undermine the case of an entity to be the continuer of – that is, identical to – an earlier entity; so, “X would have been identical to Y were it not for the existence of a better candidate Z”.
• As such, there is some connection with supposed Contingent Identity6.
• I accept this principle, though this is not the case for all who clearly understand and reference it.
• For a page of Links7 to this Note, Click here. I originally tried using ‘X and Y’ as a cognate, but it produced a lot of false positives where these variables were used for other purposes. I note those germane to my Thesis in this footnote8.
• Works on – or which mention – this topic that I’ve actually read9 include the following:-
• This is mostly a place-holder10.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
• This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (16/09/2020 09:11:31).
• Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
Footnote 4:
• Also known as the ‘Only X and Y Rule’, with and without various forms of quotation mark around the variables.
Footnote 8:
1. I’m not quite sure why I went to the bother of listing these, where “x and y” appears unrelated to the “Only x and y” principle.
2. But here they are!

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