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Entity and Identity

P. F. Strawson

in Entity and Identity

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250159
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250150.003.0002
 Entity and Identity

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‘No entity without identity’. If interpreted liberally as ‘No entity that is not in principle identifiable’, the slogan is acceptable. If interpreted strictly as ‘No entity that does not belong to a sort such that there exist clearly stateable general criteria of identity for all entities of that sort’, then it is unacceptably exclusive; for it excludes not only the general properties exemplified by individual particulars but even most of the general kinds or sorts, the concepts of which constitute individuating principles of identity for the particulars that fall under them, and hence threatens the status of those particulars themselves.

Keywords: criterion of identity; particular; property; sort; substance‐kind; type

Chapter.  11322 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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