|Individuation, philosophy: the picking out of an object by a determination by means of additional information which is not to be derived from a single statement which contains this object. For example, beliefs are individualized by content, not e.g. by the length of the character strings with which they are expressed. The contents of a belief are, in turn, not individuated by their repetition, but by other contents._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
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spatiotemporal relations / Stalnaker: are irreducible - they play a crucial role in metaphysical theories - because they are the ones with whom we individuate possible worlds.
Individuation / possible worlds / Stalnaker: worlds are individuated by space-time relations. Various worlds can be very different systems of spatial and temporal relations. - ((s) If they had to be the same, we could not distinguish different worlds with their help.) - Individuation / ((s): must allow diversity.)_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
Ways a World may be Oxford New York 2003