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Is the partial identity account of property resemblance logically incoherent?

Gibb, S. C. (2007) 'Is the partial identity account of property resemblance logically incoherent?', Dialectica., 61 (4). pp. 539-558.


According to the partial identity account of resemblance, exact resemblance is complete identity and inexact resemblance is partial identity. In this paper, I examine Arda Denkel's (1998) argument that this account of resemblance is logically incoherent as it results in a vicious regress. I claim that although Denkel's argument does not succeed, a modified version of it leads to the conclusion that the partial identity account is plausible only if the constituents of every determinate property are ultimately quantitative in nature.

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Additional Information:Awarded the 2007 Annual Dialectica Essay Prize.
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Record Created:10 Sep 2007
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