Is the Partial Identity Account of Property Resemblance Logically Incoherent?
Winner of the 2006 dialectica essay prize
Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2007
Volume 61, Issue 4, pages 539–558, December 2007
How to Cite
Gibb, S. (2007), Is the Partial Identity Account of Property Resemblance Logically Incoherent?. Dialectica, 61: 539–558. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2007.01121.x
- Issue online: 7 NOV 2007
- Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2007
According to the partial identity account of resemblance, exact resemblance is complete identity and inexact resemblance is partial identity. In this paper, I examine Arda Denkel's (1998) argument that this account of resemblance is logically incoherent as it results in a vicious regress. I claim that although Denkel's argument does not succeed, a modified version of it leads to the conclusion that the partial identity account is plausible only if the constituents of every determinate property are ultimately quantitative in nature.