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How things might have been : individuals, kinds, and essential properties

Author: Penelope Mackie
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbkView all editions and formats
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Penelope Mackie's book is a novel treatment of an issue central to much current work in metaphysics: the distinction between the essential and accidental properties of individuals. Mackie's  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Penelope Mackie
ISBN: 9780199272204 0199272204 9780199562404 0199562407
OCLC Number: 913105103
Description: xii, 212 p. : il. ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Preliminaries ; 2. Individual Essences and Bare Identities ; 3. Origin Properties and Individual Essences ; 4. Extrinsically Determined Identity and 'Best-candidate' Theories ; 5. Counterpart Theory and the Puzzles of Transworld Identity ; 6. The Necessity of Origin ; 7. Sortal Concepts and Essential Properties I: Substance Sortals and Essential Sortals ; 8. Sortal Concepts and Essential Propeties II: Sortal Concepts and Principles of Individuation ; 9. Essential Properties and Remote Contingencies ; 10. Essentialism, Semantic Theory, and Natural Kinds
Responsibility: Penelope Mackie.
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