Skip to the main content

Original scientific paper

Sameness of Word

J.T.M. Miller orcid id ; Durham University

Full text: english pdf 243 Kb

page A2-26

downloads: 243



Although the metaphysics of words remains a relatively understudied domain, one of the more discussed topics has been the question of how to account for the apparent sameness of words. Put one way, the question concerns what it is that makes two word- instances (or tokens) instances of the same word. In this paper, I argue that the existing solutions to the problems all fail as they take the problem of sameness of word to be a problem about how one object relates to another. I propose an alternative solution to the problem of sameness of word which is instead focused on the intrinsic nature of the properties possessed by words. The result is a more thoroughgoing version of nominalism than is currently defended in the literature.


words; nominalism; tropes; identity; resemblance.

Hrčak ID:



Publication date:


Article data in other languages: croatian

Visits: 956 *