Synthese 194 (10):4171-4190 (2017)

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Sam Cowling
Denison University
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According to haecceitism, some maximal possibilities differ even while they are qualitatively indiscernible. Since haecceitism is a modal thesis, it is typically defended by appeal to conceivability arguments. These arguments require us to conceive of qualitatively indiscernible possibilities that differ only with respect to the identity of the individuals involved. This paper examines a series of conceivability arguments for haecceitism and a variety of anti-haecceitist responses. It concludes that there is no irresistible conceivability argument for haecceitism even while anti-haecceitist responses do come with certain notable commitments.
Keywords Haecceitism  Modality  Conceivability  Possibilities  Possible worlds  Anti-haecceitism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-016-1136-7
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