Single Idea 11979

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 3. Transworld Objects / b. Rigid designation]

Full Idea

Even if Humphrey is a modal continuant, it doesn't take the whole of him to do such things as winning.

Gist of Idea

It doesn't take the whole of a possible Humphrey to win the election


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

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Philosophical Papers Vol.1' [OUP 1983], p.41

A Reaction

This responds to Kripke's famous example, that people only care about what happens to themselves, and not to some 'counterpart' of themselves.

Related Idea

Idea 16994 Counterpart theory is bizarre, as no one cares what happens to a mere counterpart [Kripke on Lewis]