Richard Swinburne

in Mind, Brain, and Free Will

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199662562
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748394 | DOI:

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This chapter claims that the whole history of the world is a succession of events, which consist in the instantiation of properties in substances at times. It analyses the criteria for two substances, properties, or events being the same. It analyses the nature of metaphysical possibility (via analysing logical possibility), and analyses what it is for one event to supervene on another event. When properties, substances, and times are picked out by informative designators, what is logically possible is also metaphysically possible. The criteria for the identity of a substance depend on whether substances of its genus have thisness or are simply bundles of instantiated properties.

Keywords: events; identity; informative designator; logical possibility; metaphysical possibility; properties; substances; supervenience; thisness

Chapter.  21247 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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