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Single Idea 13101

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 12. Origin as Essential]

Full Idea

A necessity-of-origins approach cannot work to distinguish things that come into being genuinely ex nihilo, and cannot work to distinguish things sharing a single origin.


'Ex nihilo' means out of nothing

Gist of Idea

Necessity-of-origin won't distinguish ex nihilo creations, or things sharing an origin


Cover,J/O'Leary-Hawthorne,J (Substance and Individuation in Leibniz [1999], 7.4.1)

Book Reference

Cover,J/O'Leary-Hawthorne,J: 'Substance and Individuation in Leibniz' [CUP 1999], p.271

A Reaction

Since I am deeply suspicious of essentiality or necessity of origin (and they are not, I presume, the same thing) I like these two. Twins have always bothered me with the second case (where order of birth seems irrelevant).