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Single Idea 17036

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 6. Identity between Objects]

Full Idea

If the man who invented bifocals was the first Postmaster General of the United States - that they were one and the same - it's contingently true. ůSo when you make identity statements using descriptions, that can be a contingent fact.


Benjamin Franklin is the man in question

Gist of Idea

Identity statements can be contingent if they rely on descriptions


Saul A. Kripke (Naming and Necessity lectures [1970], Lecture 2)

Book Reference

Kripke,Saul: 'Naming and Necessity' [Blackwell 1980], p.98