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Ideas of Robert Merrihew Adams, by Text

[American, fl. 1979, At the University of California, Los Angeles.]

1979 Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity
p.64 Adams says anti-haecceitism reduces all thisness to suchness [Stalnaker]
p.152 Haecceitism may or may not involve some logical connection to essence [Mackie,P]
p.212 Possible worlds are world-stories, maximal descriptions of whole non-existent worlds [Molnar]
Intro p.172 Are possible worlds just qualities, or do they include primitive identities as well?
1 p.172 A 'thisness' is a thing's property of being identical with itself (not the possession of self-identity)
1 p.172 Essences are taken to be qualitative properties
2 p.174 Direct reference is by proper names, or indexicals, or referential uses of descriptions
3 p.176 If the universe was cyclical, totally indiscernible events might occur from time to time
3 p.176 Two events might be indiscernible yet distinct, if there was a universe cyclical in time
3 p.177 Black's two globes might be one globe in highly curved space
6 p.181 There are cases where mere qualities would not ensure an intrinsic identity
6 p.182 Moderate Haecceitism says transworld identities are primitive, but connected to qualities
1981 Actualism and Thisness
p.97 Adams says actual things have haecceities, but not things that only might exist [Stalnaker]