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Single Idea 15073

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 5. Self-Identity]

Full Idea

The existential identity of an object with itself needs analysis into two components, one the neutral identity of the object with itself, and the other its existence. The existence of the object appears to be merely a gratuitous addition to its identity.

Gist of Idea

Self-identity should have two components, its existence, and its neutral identity with itself


Kit Fine (Necessity and Non-Existence [2005], 08)

Book Reference

Fine,Kit: 'Modality and Tense' [OUP 2005], p.344

A Reaction

This is at least a step towards clarification of the notion, which might be seen as just a way of asserting that something 'has an identity'. Fine likes the modern Fregean way of expressing this, as an equality relation.