Single Idea 9670

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 3. Transworld Objects / d. Haecceitism]

Full Idea

The most extreme version of haecceitism says that anything could possibly have any qualitative character; for instance, there is a world according to which you are a poached egg.


See Idea 9668 for haecceitism

Gist of Idea

Extreme haecceitism says you might possibly be a poached egg


David Lewis (On the Plurality of Worlds [1986], 4.4)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'On the Plurality of Worlds' [Blackwell 2001], p.239

A Reaction

Presumably a plausible haecceitist view would have to be combined with essentialism, given that the possibility that I might be a poached egg is beyond my intuitive grasp.

Related Idea

Idea 9668 'Haecceitism' is common thisness under dissimilarity, or distinct thisnesses under resemblance [Kaplan]