The Metaphysics of Identity - New Problems of Philosophy (Paperback)Andre Gallois (author)
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The philosophical problem of identity and the related problem of change go back to the ancient Greek philosophers and fascinated later figures including Leibniz, Locke, and Hume. Heraclitus argued that one could not swim in the same river twice because new waters were ever flowing in. When is a river not the same river? If one removes one plank at a time when is a ship no longer a ship? What is the basic nature of identity and persistence?
In this book, Andre Gallois introduces and assesses the philosophical puzzles posed by things persisting through time. Beginning with essential historical background to the problem he explores the following key topics and debates:
mereology and identity, including arguments from 'Leibniz's Law'the constitution view of identitythe 'relative identity' argument concerning identitytemporary identityfour-dimensionalism, counterpart and multiple counterpart theorysuperveniencethe problem of temporary intrinsicsthe necessity of identityIndeterminate identitypresentismcriteria of identityconventionalism about identity.
Including chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary, this book is essential reading for anyone seeking a clear and informative introduction to and assessment of the metaphysics of identity.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
'An excellent guide through - and contribution to - the extensive literature on identity and persistence. Gallois' book is clear and accessible, and usefully brings together an array of historical and contemporary puzzles about how material objects continue to exist through time and change.' - Karen Bennett, Cornell University, USA
'Gallois's book is an excellent introduction to the philosophical puzzles connected to identity, change, and persistence. Its scope, clarity, and accessibility make it an ideal text for an undergraduate metaphysics course.' - Ryan Wasserman, Western Washington University, USA
'Gallois's book is a gem. Philosophers at every level will return repeatedly to the text for reference and clarification on the central issues that concern persistence and identity over time. It brings cutting edge and historical work together, and manages to give plenty of detail while remaining accessible to undergraduates.' - Chad Carmichael, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA