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Single Idea 14079

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 3. Transworld Objects / b. Rigid designation]

Full Idea

To use Kripke's semantics, one needs extensive intuitions that certain properties are essential and others accidental.

Gist of Idea

Kripke's semantics needs lots of intuitions about which properties are essential


Allan Gibbard (Contingent Identity [1975], X)

Book Reference

-: 'Journal of Symbolic Logic' [-], p.212

A Reaction

As usual, we could substitute the word 'necessary' for 'essential' without changing his meaning. If we are always referring to 'our' Hubert Humphrey is speculations about him, then nearly all of his properties will be necessary ones.