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Single Idea 15182

[catalogued under 19. Language / B. Reference / 5. Speaker's Reference]

Full Idea

The phenomenon of overlapping entities requires that if our reference is to be determinate (as determinate as it is), then there must be analytic principles of individuation.

Gist of Idea

Because some entities overlap, reference must have analytic individuation principles


Alan Sidelle (Necessity, Essence and Individuation [1989], Ch.5)

Book Reference

Sidelle,Alan: 'Necessity, Essence and Individuation' [Cornell 1989], p.163

A Reaction

His point is that there is something inescapably conventional about the way in which our reference works. It isn't just some bald realist baptism.