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The Identity Theory

John Heil

in From an Ontological Point of View

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259747.003.0011
 The Identity Theory

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Intrinsic properties of concrete objects are simultaneously dispositional and qualitative: properties are powerful qualities. This ‘surprising identity’ can be motivated by considering liabilities of the alternatives: properties as pure powers, as pure qualities, as both pure powers and pure qualities, and as contingently empowered qualities. Identity suggests itself when ‘higher‐level’ powers are relocated in ‘lower‐level’ realizers.

Keywords: D. M. Armstrong; aspect; categorical property; disposition; dual‐aspect; functionalism; identity; C. B. Martin; Meinongianism; power; quality

Chapter.  5649 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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