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Single Idea 17046

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 12. Origin as Essential]

Full Idea

Could the Queen - could this woman herself - have been born of different parents from the parents from whom she actually came?

Gist of Idea

Could the actual Queen have been born of different parents?


Saul A. Kripke (Naming and Necessity lectures [1970], Lecture 3)

Book Reference

Kripke,Saul: 'Naming and Necessity' [Blackwell 1980], p.112

A Reaction

Tricky! No, because the past is fixed? Could the Queen have visited Russia when she was 20? I suppose so. Might she not have had parents, given who she is? I don't see why not. Could this desk have been made by someone else? Why not?

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