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But there are possible worlds in which Adam has a counterpart but Abel does not, because there are possible worlds in which Adam has no children at all. But these possible worlds are effectively ignored for the purposes of evaluating (20). These are possible worlds in which the pair of Adam and Abel have no pair as counterpart. So these are possible worlds in which it is vacuously true that every counterpart of the pair of Adam and Abel have a ﬁrst member that is father of the second member. But for the purposes of evaluating (21), we do not ignore such possible worlds.
We have a woman, Larissa Seiger, who is both a ballerina and an elementaryschool teacher. Sometimes people ask, “What is Mrs. ” In those situations it is typically appropriate to answer by saying that she’s a teacher (my former teacher, my daughter’s teacher, et cetera). ” In those situations it is typically more appropriate to answer by saying that she’s a ballerina (the principle ballerina in company X, Odette in Swan Lake, et cetera). This is to say that different ones of her names are associated with different sortals—teacher or ballerina.
Or one could say instead, with Harold Noonan, that the predicate ‘____might have been constituted by different wood’ does express a property, but it is context dependent. Which property it expresses depends on which name is substituted for the blank (Noonan 1991, 188). I am inclined to side with Noonan, but his view would have to be modiﬁed so as to account for substitution failures with variables rather than with names. The satisﬁability of the following illustrates this point: (30) There is a boat x and some wood y such that x = y and x, but not y, is possibly not made up of z.