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Thursday, September 23, 2021

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I have followed your posts about singular concepts with great interest. I would answer this particular question as follows: Because 'Vulcan' refers to an individual, distinct planet inside the orbit of Mercury that, per 1, does not exist. It is therefore a possible planet, not actual. 'Vulcan' no less than 'Socrates' is innately singular as this planet and no other, and does not become general just because you can refer to it as small anymore than Socrates becomes general because you can describe him as ugly. Similarly, I would argue that the fact that 'different individuals instantiate' in 'different possible worlds' does not make Vulcan or Socrates general. It just means that for them both, alternative possibilities are near infinite. Which is kind of the thing about possibilities, as opposed to actualities.

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