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Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity

David Wiggins


The Introduction briefly traces the author’s thoughts about identity from 1967 to 2001 and explains how Chapter I continues his sortalist approach to familiar questions—the relation of the zygote to the human being, the ship of Theseus, and Shoemaker’s Brown-Brownson case. It explains the author’s Fregean usage of the words ‘concept’ and ‘conception’. Section 5 distinguishes philosophical realism from metaphysical realism. Philosophical realism is compatible with ontological pluralism and conceptual realism, as the author seeks to defend in Sections 6–7. Section 8 clarifies the author’s unders ... More

Keywords: Identity, persistence, sortalism, ontology, realism, pluralism, concept, property, conception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wiggins, author
New College, Oxford