ISSUES AND OPTIONS IN INDIVIDUATION
Talbot School of Theology
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.
Grazer Philosophische Studien
DOI of Published Version
Moreland, James Porter, "ISSUES AND OPTIONS IN INDIVIDUATION" (2000). Faculty Articles & Research. 243.