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Write-up2 (as at 16/09/2020 09:11:31): 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 include 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-holder10.
- 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.
- Also known as the ‘Only X and Y Rule’, with and without various forms of quotation mark around the variables.
- 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.
- But here they are!
- 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".
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