Coincidence Through Thick and Thin

Sydney Shoemaker

in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics volume 7

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659081
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745201 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Metaphysics

Coincidence Through Thick and Thin

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The chapter defends the claim that there can be coincident entities, different entities composed of the very same matter. Part of its aim is to explain how such entities can differ in their properties – as persons differ from their bodies. The explanation draws on a distinction between thin properties and thick properties, and between two ways, weak embedding and strong embedding, in which the microphysical realizers of property instances can be embedded in the career of an object, giving it MSE-properties (microphysical state of affairs embedding properties). Coincident objects share all of their thin properties, but can differ in their thick properties. The instantiation of thin properties consists in the weak embedding of microphysical realizers, while the instantiation of thick properties consists in the strong embedding of the microphysical realizers, and there can be the former without the latter. Objections to the possibility of coincident objects are considered and answered.

Keywords: thin property; thick property; weak embedding; strong embedding; MSE-property

Chapter.  10967 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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