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Single Idea 13132

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / d. Individuation by haecceity]

Full Idea

Plantinga assumes that being identical with that snowball names a property which is that snowball's haecceity.

Gist of Idea

A snowball's haecceity is the property of being identical with itself


report of Alvin Plantinga (De Essentia [1979]) by Jan Westerhoff - Ontological Categories 52

Book Reference

Westerhoff,Jan: 'Ontological Categories' [OUP 2005], p.130

A Reaction

Only a philosopher would suggest such a bizarre way of establishing the unique individuality of a given snowball. You could hardly keep track of the snowball with just that criterion. How do you decide whether something has Plantinga's property?