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Lines of ThoughtCentral Concepts in Cognitive Psychology$
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Lance Rips

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183054.001.0001

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Individuals

Individuals

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(p.3) 1 Individuals
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Lines of Thought
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Lance J. Rips (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183054.003.0002

About half way through the film The Lady Eve, there is a scene in which the hero, Charles Pike, is dressing for dinner with the help of his valet, Muggsy. Charles and Muggsy have just encountered Lady Eve, Countess of Sidwich. Muggsy has noticed a perfect likeness between Eve and an earlier character, Jean, with whom Charles had fallen in love but whom he had thrown over after learning that she is a professional card sharp. This chapter tries to make the case that, although Muggsy's intuitive response often delivers the right verdict about the identity of people and other objects, Charles is right that identity is a more complicated matter. It argues that our beliefs about connections that unite the earlier and later stages of an object are a main part of our concepts of these individuals. It discusses theories of object concepts and presents a causal continuer theory of object identity.

Keywords:   object concepts, object identity, modal thinking, theory of identity judgments, intuitive response

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