Haecceity: An Ontological Essay

Haecceity: An Ontological Essay

by G.S. Rosenkrantz

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Many contemporary philosophers are interested in the scotistic notion of haecceity or 'thisness' because it is relevant to important problems concerning identity and individuation, reference, modality, and propositional attitudes. Haecceity is the only book-length work devoted to this topic. The author develops a novel defense of Platonism, arguing, first, that abstracta - nonqualitative haecceities - are needed to explain concreta's being diverse at a time; and second, that unexemplified haecceities are then required to accommodate the full range of cases in which there are possible worlds containing individuals not present in the actual world. In the cognitive area, an original epistemic argument is presented which implies that certain haecceities can be grasped by a person: his own, those of certain of his mental states, and those of various abstracta, but not those of external things. It is argued that in consequence there is a clear sense in which one is directly acquainted with the former entities, but not with external things.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789048143115
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 01/05/2011
Series: Philosophical Studies Series , #57
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1993
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Introductory Preliminaries. 2. The Problem of Individuation. 3. Haecceities and Nonexistent Possible Individuals. 4. Singular Reference and Unexemplified Haecceities. 5. Acquaintance. Index. of Names. Index of Subjects.

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