Abstract for Marshall’s talk

The leading account of intrinsicality over the last thirty years has arguably been David Lewis’s account in terms of perfect naturalness. Lewis’s account, however, faces three serious problems: i) it cannot allow necessarily coextensive properties to differ in whether they are intrinsic; ii) it falsely classifies non-qualitative properties like being Obama as extrinsic; and iii) it is incompatible with a number of metaphysical theories that posit irreducibly non-categorical properties. I argue that, as a result of these problems, Lewis’s account should be rejected and replaced with an alternative account, which also analyses intrinsicality in terms of perfect naturalness, but which avoids each of these problems.

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