Moderate monism, persistence and sortal concepts

Noonan, Harold (2007) Moderate monism, persistence and sortal concepts. (Unpublished)

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Coincidence (e.g., of a statue and the piece of bronze which constitutes it) comes in two varieties – permanent and temporary. Moderate monism (about coincidence) is the position that permanent coincidence, but not temporary coincidence, entails identity. Extreme monism (also known as the stage theory) is the position that even temporary coincidence entails identity. Pluralists are opponents of monism tout court. The intuitively obvious, commonsensical position (= my own position) is moderate monism. It is therefore important to see if it can be sustained.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:monism, sortal concepts, persistence
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
ID Code:717
Deposited By:Hutchinson, Mrs Lindsay
Deposited On:18 Dec 2007 09:26
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 18:34

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