- 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.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 14/01/2019 21:30:14): Only 'X' and 'Y' Principle
- 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, include10 the following:-
- "Noonan (Harold) - Against the Closest Continuer Theory", Noonan
- "Noonan (Harold) - Parfit and What Matters in Survival", Noonan
- "Noonan (Harold) - The Reduplication Problem", Noonan
- "Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - Life After Death and the Devastation of the Grave", Olson
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Bodily Resurrection: The Falling Elevator Model Revisited", Zimmerman
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Baillie (James) - Identity and Survival", Baillie
- "Brennan (Andrew) - Identity and Discontinuity", Brennan
- "Corcoran (Kevin) - I'm No Soul, Man: a Response to Baltimore", Corcoran
- "Noonan (Harold) - The Only X and Y Principle", Noonan
- "Noonan (Harold) - The Possibility of Reincarnation", Noonan
- This is mostly a place-holder11.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (14/01/2019 21:30:14).
- 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.
- Also known as the ‘Only X and Y Rule’, with and without various forms of quotation mark around the variables.
- 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.
- Constitution, eg.
→ "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Unity without Identity: A New Look at Material Constitution",
→ "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Constitution", and
→ "Soames (Scott) - Kripke's Argument on Pain".
- Leibniz Law, eg.
→ "Barnes (Kenneth) - Aristotle on Identity and Its Problems",
→ "Thomas (Janice L.) - Descartes' arguments for dualism", and
→ "Thomas (Janice L.) - Psychological continuity".
- Relative Identity, eg.
→ "Anscombe (G.E.M.) - Objects and Identity: Foreward",
→ "Deutsch (Harry) - Relative Identity",
→ "Noonan (Harold) - Relative Identity",
→ "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Animals",
→ "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Ethics - Conclusion: Notes on Method",
→ "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity: Introduction", and
→ "Wiggins (David) - Identity, Individuation, and Substance".
- Animalism, eg.
→ "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Material Beings: Preface".
- Semantic Rules, eg.
→ "Baur (Michael) - Review of 'Kinds of Being: A Study of Individuation, Identity and the Logic of Sortal Terms' by E. J. Lowe".
- Mereology, eg.
→ "Chisholm (Roderick) - Mereological Essentialism: Further Considerations", and
→ "Sider (Ted) - Review of Lynne Rudder Baker, Persons and Bodies".
- Causal Overdetermination, eg.
→ "Sider (Ted) - What’s So Bad about Overdetermination?".
- Intrinsic Properties, eg.
→ "Sider (Ted) - Intrinsic Properties".
- 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.
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