Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity

@inproceedings{Adams1979PrimitiveTA,
  title={Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity},
  author={Robert Merrihew Adams},
  year={1979}
}
Is the world—and are all possible worlds—constituted by purely qualitative facts, or does thisness hold a place beside suchness as a fundamental feature of reality? Some famous philosophers—Leibniz, Russell, and Ayer, for example—have believed in a purely qualitative constitution of things; others, such as Scotus, Kant, and Peirce, have held to primitive thisness. Recent discussions of direct, nondescriptive reference to individuals have brought renewed interest in the idea of primitive… CONTINUE READING

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