Erkenntnis 80 (2):275-301 (2015)

Sam Cowling
Denison University
The distinction between qualitative properties like mass and shape and non-qualitative properties like being Napoleon and being next to Obama is important, but remains largely unexamined. After discussing its theoretical significance and cataloguing various kinds of non-qualitative properties, I survey several views about the nature of this distinction and argue that all proposed reductive analyses of this distinction are unsatisfactory. I then defend primitivism, according to which the distinction resists reductive analysis
Keywords Non-qualitative properties  Haeccceitism  Haecceities
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