Essential bundle theory and modality

Jago, Mark (2018) Essential bundle theory and modality. Synthese . ISSN 1573-0964

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Bundle theories identify material objects with bundles of properties. On the traditional approach, these are the properties possessed by that material object. That view faces a deep problem: it seems to say that all of an object’s properties are essential to it. Essential bundle theory attempts to overcome this objection, by taking the bundle as a specification of the object’s essential properties only. In this paper, I show that essential bundle theory faces a variant of the objection. To avoid the problem, the theory must accept the contingency of identity. I show how this can be achieved in a coherent and well-motivated way, a way that isn’t available to traditional bundle theories.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Essence; Modality; Bundle theory; Essential bundle theory; Material objects; Contingent identity; Counterpart theory; Metaphysics
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 09:22
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:38

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