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From an Ontological Point of View$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199259747.001.0001

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The Identity Theory

The Identity Theory

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(p.111) Chapter 11 The Identity Theory
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From an Ontological Point of View
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John Heil (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199259747.003.0011

Intrinsic properties of concrete objects are simultaneously dispositional and qualitative: properties are powerful qualities. This ‘surprising identity’ can be motivated by considering liabilities of the alternatives: properties as pure powers, as pure qualities, as both pure powers and pure qualities, and as contingently empowered qualities. Identity suggests itself when ‘higher‐level’ powers are relocated in ‘lower‐level’ realizers.

Keywords:   D. M. Armstrong, aspect, categorical property, disposition, dual‐aspect, functionalism, identity, C. B. Martin, Meinongianism, power, quality

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