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Occasions of Identity: A Study in the Metaphysics of Persistence, Change, and Sameness

André Gallois


Occasions of Identity is an exploration of timeless philosophical issues about persistence, change, time, and sameness. The author offers a critical survey of various rival views about the nature of identity and change, and puts forward his own original theory in the face of the prevailing orthodoxy. He argues that it is coherent and helpful to suppose that things can be identical at one time, but distinct at another — in other words, that there are genuine occasional identities. The author then defends this view against objections, demonstrates how it can solve puzzles about pers ... More

Keywords: occasional identities, persistence, change, time, sameness, identity, Ancient Greece, eternity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

André Gallois, author
Syracuse University, New York