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Thisness (Haecceity)

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Footnote 1: Footnote 13: 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.

Footnote 14: I don’t have this book, as it’s very expensive (£180), but I have a few chapters.

Footnote 15: This may be useful as it brings in Swinburne’s “Soul View” (Click here for Note).


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Table of the Previous 2 Versions of this Note:

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26/11/2007 23:25:26 89 Thisness (Haecceity)
12/08/2007 10:17:46 80 Thisness (Haecceity)



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03/08/2015 13:42:14 Thisness (Haecceity) Logic of Identity

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Androids Animalism Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Brain Cyborgs
Leibniz Metamorphosis Properties Siliconisation Souls
Substance Thought Experiments Transhumanism    

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Johnston - Human Beings Leibniz      

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Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note

Author Title Medium Extra Links Read?
Johnston (Mark) Human Beings Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Johnston (Mark) 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal Paper Medium Quality Abstract    
Moyer (Mark) Defending Coincidence: An Explanation of a Sort Paper Medium Quality Abstract    
Shoemaker (David) Personal Identity and Immortality Paper High Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Leibniz Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Thisness (Haecceity) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Wilson (Jack) Beyond Horses and Oak Trees: A New Theory of Individuation for Living Entities Paper High Quality Abstract 2 Yes



References & Reading List

Author Title Medium Source Read?
Adams (Robert Merrihew) Actualism and Thisness Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Synthese 49 (1981) 3-41 3%
Adams (Robert Merrihew) Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Journal of Philosophy. Jan 1979; 76: 5-26 17%
Adams (Robert Merrihew) Time and Thisness Paper - By Subtopic Midwest Studies in Philosophy (Vol XI) - Studies in Essentialism, 1986, pp. 315-329 No
Allaire (Edwin B.) Another Look at Bare Particulars Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Laurence & Macdonald - Contemporary Readings in the the Foundations of Metaphysics No
Allaire (Edwin B.) Bare Particulars Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Laurence & Macdonald - Contemporary Readings in the the Foundations of Metaphysics No
Armstrong (David) Reply to John Bigelow's 'Sets are haecceities' Paper - By Subtopic Bacon, Campbell & Reinhardt - Ontology, Causality and Mind No
Ayers (Michael R.) Locke (Vol 2 - Ontology) Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Low Quality Abstract Ayers (Michael R.) - Locke (Vol 2 - Ontology) 25%
Ayers (Michael R.) Locke on 'Masses of Matter' Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Ayers - Locke (Vol. 2 - Ontology), 1991, Chapter 18, pp. 207-215 Yes
Bacon (John), Campbell (Keith) & Reinhardt (Lloyd) Ontology, Causality and Mind Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Medium Quality Abstract Bacon (John), Campbell (Keith) & Reinhardt (Lloyd) - Ontology, Causality and Mind 5%
Bailey (Andrew M.) No Bare Particulars Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Studies 158 (2012): 31-41 11%
Bigelow (John) Sets are haecceities Paper - By Subtopic Bacon, Campbell & Reinhardt - Ontology, Causality and Mind No
Chappell (Vere) Particulars Re-clothed Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Laurence & Macdonald - Contemporary Readings in the the Foundations of Metaphysics No
Chisholm (Roderick) Possibility without haecceity Paper - By Subtopic Midwest Studies in Philosophy (Vol XI) - Studies in Essentialism, 1986, pp. 157-163 No
Davis (Richard Brian) Haecceities, individuation and the Trinity: a reply to Keith Yandell Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Religious Studies, 38, Issue 02, June 2002, pp 201-213 12%
French (Peter), Uehling (Theodore) & Wettstein (Howard) Midwest Studies in Philosophy (Vol XI) - Studies in Essentialism Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) French (Peter), Uehling (Theodore) & Wettstein (Howard) - Midwest Studies in Philosophy (Vol XI) - Studies in Essentialism No
Funkhouser (Eric) Metaphysics, Spring 2014 Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 64%
Funkhouser (Eric) Notes on Adams, 'Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity' Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Funkhouser (Eric) - Metaphysics, Spring 2014 No
Johnston (Mark) Human Beings Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Journal of Philosophy, Volume 84, Issue 2 (Feb 1987), 59-83 Yes
Johnston (Mark) 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract Zimmerman (Dean), Ed. - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Volume 3 75%
Jubien (Michael) Ontology, Modality, and the Fallacy of Reference Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied No
Jubien (Michael) Some Properties of Things Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Jubien - Ontology, Modality, and the Fallacy of Reference, 1993, Chapter 3 No
Laurence (Stephen) & Macdonald (Cynthia), Eds. Contemporary Readings in the the Foundations of Metaphysics Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Low Quality Abstract Laurence (Stephen) & Macdonald (Cynthia), Eds. - Contemporary Readings in the the Foundations of Metaphysics 1%
Loux (Michael) Concrete Particulars I: Substrata, Bundles, and Substances Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Loux - Metaphysics - A Contemporary Introduction, 2002, Chapter 3 8%
Loux (Michael) Metaphysics - A Contemporary Introduction Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Medium Quality Abstract Loux (Michael) - Metaphysics - A Contemporary Introduction 5%
Oderberg (David) Predicate Logic and Bare Particulars Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract D.S. Oderberg (ed.), The Old New Logic: Essays on the Philosophy of Fred Sommers (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005): 183-210 No
Rosenkrantz (Gary) Haecceity: An Ontological Essay Book - Cited Low Quality Abstract Rosenkrantz (Gary) - Haecceity: An Ontological Essay No
Salmon (Nathan) Cross-World Identification and Stipulation Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Salmon - Reference and Essence, 2005, Appendix 5 No
Salmon (Nathan) Reference and Essence Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Low Quality Abstract Salmon (Nathan) - Reference and Essence 6%
Savitt (Steven) Notes on Adams 'Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity' Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Personal Page, University of Columbia Website 17%
Shoemaker (David) Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied Yes
Shoemaker (David) Personal Identity and Immortality Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction, 2009, Chapter 1 Yes
Sider (Ted) Bare Particulars Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Philosophical Perspectives 20 (2006), 387–97 33%
Skow (Bradford) Haecceitism, Anti-Haecceitism and Possible Worlds Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 230, Special Issue: Existence and Identity (Jan., 2008), pp. 98-107 22%
Stalnaker (Robert) Counterparts and Identity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Stalnaker - Ways a World Might Be, Chapter 6 No
Stalnaker (Robert) Ways a World Might Be: Metaphysical and Anti-Metaphysical Essays Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Medium Quality Abstract Stalnaker (Robert) - Ways a World Might Be: Metaphysical and Anti-Metaphysical Essays 1%
Swinburne (Richard) The Evolution of the Soul Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied No
Swinburne (Richard) The Nature of Souls; Their Thisness Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract The Evolution of the Soul, February 1997, Appendix D, pp. 333-344(12) No
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Thisness (Haecceity) Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Wilson (Jack) Beyond Horses and Oak Trees: A New Theory of Individuation for Living Entities Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Wilson, Jack - Biological Individuality: The identity and Persistence of Living Entities; 1999, Chap. 1, pp. 1-21 Yes
Wilson (Jack) Biological Individuality - The identity and Persistence of Living Entities Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied Yes
Zimmerman (Dean), Ed. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Volume 3 Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 9%



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