Defining Qualitative Properties

Hoffmann-Kolss, Vera (2019). Defining Qualitative Properties. Erkenntnis - an international journal of analytic philosophy, 84(5), pp. 995-1010. Springer Netherlands 10.1007/s10670-018-9991-x

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The aim of this paper is to provide a systematic account of the metaphysically important distinction between haecceitistic properties, such as being David Lewis or being acquainted with David Lewis, and qualitative properties, such as being red or being acquainted with a famous philosopher. I first argue that this distinction is hyperintensional, that is, that cointensional properties can differ in whether they are qualitative. Then I develop an analysis of the qualitative/haecceitistic distinction according to which haecceitistic properties are relational in a certain sense. I argue that this analysis can capture the hyperintensionality of the qualitative/haecceitistic distinction and is generally in accordance with the use of the notion of a qualitative property in philosophical debates.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Hoffmann-Kolss, Vera

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics

ISSN:

0165-0106

Publisher:

Springer Netherlands

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
[UNSPECIFIED] German-Israeli Foundation (GIF)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Vera Caroline Ruth Hoffmann-Kolss

Date Deposited:

06 Apr 2020 13:33

Last Modified:

07 Apr 2020 06:11

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10670-018-9991-x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.142525

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/142525

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