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Power worlds and the problem of individuation.

Tugby, Matthew (2017) 'Power worlds and the problem of individuation.', American philosophical quarterly., 54 (3). pp. 269-281.

Abstract

Is it metaphysically possible for a world to contain power properties but no nonpower properties? Recently, much progress has been made by powers theorists to defend the coherence of such a possibility. But unfortunately, it remains unclear how the powers in a power world are individuated. The problem is that the most obvious principle of individuation for properties in a power world is one that is circular. In this paper, it is argued that this circularity is generated by a modal assumption, which is that different families of powers exist in different possible worlds. By rejecting this assumption, a noncircular principle of individuation for power properties can be formulated. Moreover, this solution is not ad hoc because there are independent reasons for rejecting the aforementioned modal assumption.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://apq.press.illinois.edu/54/3/tugby.html
Publisher statement:From American Philosophical Quarterly. Copyright 2017 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date accepted:10 May 2016
Date deposited:07 July 2016
Date of first online publication:July 2017
Date first made open access:01 July 2018

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