Title

ISSUES AND OPTIONS IN INDIVIDUATION

Publication Date

Winter 2000

Abstract

Construed metaphysically, the problem of individuation is the problem of offering an ontological assay of two entities that share all their pure properties in common so as to offer an account of what makes them distinct particulars. This article provides a survey of the major contemporary attempts to answer this problem. To accomplish this goal, the most important contemporary advocates of each solution is analyzed: the trope nominalism of Keith Campbell, the realism of D. M. Armstrong, the Leibnizian essence view of Alvin Plantinga, and the bare particular position of Gustav Bergmann. As a secondary purpose, the artic1e provides a brief critique of the first three solutions and a brief defense of the fourth.

Publication Title

Grazer Philosophische Studien

Volume

60

Issue

1

First Page

31

Last Page

54

DOI of Published Version

10.1163/18756735-90000742

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