Single Idea 11974

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 3. Transworld Objects / c. Counterparts]

Full Idea

Your counterparts resemble you closely in content and context in important respects. They resemble you more closely than do the other things in their worlds. But they are not really you.

Gist of Idea

Counterparts are not the original thing, but resemble it more than other things do


David Lewis (Counterpart theory and Quant. Modal Logic [1968], I)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Philosophical Papers Vol.1' [OUP 1983], p.28

A Reaction

It is a dilemma. If my counterpart were exactly me, I couldn't contemplate possibly losing a leg, or my sanity. But if my counterpart isn't exactly me, then I don't have much interest in its fate. Only essences can save us here. Cf. me tomorrow.