An Ontological Essay

  • Gary S. Rosenkrantz

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 57)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gary S. Rosenkrantz
    Pages 1-71
  3. Gary S. Rosenkrantz
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  4. Gary S. Rosenkrantz
    Pages 140-167
  5. Gary S. Rosenkrantz
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  6. Gary S. Rosenkrantz
    Pages 184-244
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 245-255

About this book


Many contemporary philosophers are interested in the scotistic notion of haecceity or `thisness' because it is relevant to important problems concerning identity and individuation, reference, modality, and propositional attitudes. Haecceity is the only book-length work devoted to this topic. The author develops a novel defense of Platonism, arguing, first, that abstracta - nonqualitative haecceities - are needed to explain concreta's being diverse at a time; and second, that unexemplified haecceities are then required to accommodate the full range of cases in which there are possible worlds containing individuals not present in the actual world. In the cognitive area, an original epistemic argument is presented which implies that certain haecceities can be grasped by a person: his own, those of certain of his mental states, and those of various abstracta, but not those of external things. It is argued that in consequence there is a clear sense in which one is directly acquainted with the former entities, but not with external things.


Plato argue identity individual platonism present proposition singular subject

Authors and affiliations

  • Gary S. Rosenkrantz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at GreensboroUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4311-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8175-2
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