Single Idea 16291

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

Full Idea

For the counterpart theorist, the trick is to say that 'Humphrey' names not the Humphrey of our world, and not the Humphrey of another, but rather the trans-world individual who is the mereological sum of all those local Humphreys.

Gist of Idea

In counterpart theory 'Humphrey' doesn't name one being, but a mereological sum of many beings


David Lewis (On the Plurality of Worlds [1986], 4.1)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'On the Plurality of Worlds' [Blackwell 2001], p.197

A Reaction

On Lewis's perdurantism Humphrey is a 'spacetime worm' across his lifetime. Now we are adding all the possible Humphreys to the sum. I'm losing track of Humphrey's shape.