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Contingent identity and counterpart theory

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This paper argues that counterpart-theoretic accounts of modality that allow for many-one counterpart relations, and thereby make room for contingent identities, are not able to preserve the transitivity of identity. It will be shown that the translation scheme of counterpart theorists breaks down and that they have to abandon the claim that objects can be contingently identical in virtue of sharing a counterpart. Moreover, modifications of counterpart theory that preserve the transitivity of...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1111/phpe.12073

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Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Perspectives Journal website
Volume:
30
Issue:
1
Pages:
7-20
Publication date:
2016-12-01
Acceptance date:
2016-10-10
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EISSN:
1758-2245
ISSN:
1520-8583
Pubs id:
pubs:655582
URN:
uri:6277f7c7-34f1-4aaf-8ab7-ce7098853245
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uuid:6277f7c7-34f1-4aaf-8ab7-ce7098853245
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pubs:655582

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