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David Boersema

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026604

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026604.001.0001

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Haecceities and Essentialism

Haecceities and Essentialism

(p.193) 8 Haecceities and Essentialism
Pragmatism and Reference

David Boersema

The MIT Press

This chapter argues that the cluster and causal accounts of names and references have commitments to essentialism, and particularly to haecceities. The principles of individuation and similarity relations are explored, using the examples of Thesseus' ship and the Cleveland Browns. The examples also point out concerns with the idea of rigid designation and essentialism. The chapter then argues that the some conceptions of individuation and similarity carry conceptions of essences with them.

Keywords:   individuation, essences, names, references, haecceities

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