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Perhaps, in the end, saying that material substances are self-individuating is not so very different from saying, as some metaphysicians do, that they are individuated by their so-called HAECCEITIES or thisnesses (Rosenkrantz, 1993). According to this view, what determines which animal a given animal, a, is is that animal’s haecceity – its property of being that animal or, in other words, its property of being identical with a. qxd 1/12/09 3:04 PM Page 33 i ndivi duat i on identical with a? Is the “property” of being identical with a really an entity that is distinct from a itself?
To meet this objection, a host of new, more sophisticated, Frankfurtstyle examples have been developed in the past decade by David Hunt, Eleonore Stump, Alfred Mele and David Robb, Derk Pereboom, and others. The jury is still out on the efficacy of these new Frankfurt-style examples. ) hi erarc hical theories and other new compat i bilist vi ews New compatibilists, such as Frankfurt, have also put forward novel (compatibilist) accounts of free will, according to which free will does not require the power to do otherwise.
Living organisms seem to be a case in point, for they can undergo a change of any of the material parts that they possess at any time during their careers. It is not even clear that – as some philosophers suggest (for instance, Kripke 1980) – living organisms are individuated by the material parts that they possess at their moment of origin, since it seems that these too could always have been different (Lowe, 1998, pp. 165– 6). It should be clear from these examples that metaphysical principles of individuation are closely related to criteria of identity.