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Single Idea 15826

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 9. Sameness]

Full Idea

I suggest that there is a 'loose' sense of identity that is consistent with saying 'A has a property that B does not have', or 'some things are true of A but not of B'.

Gist of Idea

There is 'loose' identity between things if their properties, or truths about them, might differ


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], 3.2)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.92

A Reaction

He is trying to explicate Bishop Butler's famous distinction between 'strict and philosophical' and 'loose and popular' senses. We might want to claim that the genuine identity relation is the 'loose' one (pace the logicians and mathematicians).

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