Resemblance Nominalism and Counterparts Analysis (forthcoming)

Abstract

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra argues for Resemblance Nominalism. A cornerstone of his case is that claim that the particular X can itself be a truthmaker for X is F, even when it is contingent that X is F. Rodriguez-Pereyra's claim is based on counterpart theory, in particular the claim that X itself exists only in one world. Thus the existence of X, it is claimed, entails that X is F. I show that this is an idiosyncratic reading of modal claims (such as those involving entailment). It has absurd conseuquences; it contradicts other things Rodriguez-Pereyra says; and in any case the argument can be finessed by the realist opponent.