Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Moderate monism, persistence and sortal concepts

Noonan, Harold


Professor of Mind and Cognition


Coincidence (e.g., of a statue and the piece of bronze which constitutes it) comes in two varieties – permanent and temporary. Moderate monism (about coincidence) is
the position that permanent coincidence, but not temporary coincidence, entails identity. Extreme monism (also known as the stage theory) is the position that even
temporary coincidence entails identity. Pluralists are opponents of monism tout court. The intuitively obvious, commonsensical position (= my own position) is moderate
monism. It is therefore important to see if it can be sustained.


Noonan, H. Moderate monism, persistence and sortal concepts

Journal Article Type Article
Deposit Date Dec 18, 2007
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords monism, sortal concepts, persistence
Public URL


You might also like

Downloadable Citations