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cubes – “the very same sugar cube that dissolves in water” (94) – could have failed to dissolve in water. Given the causal view of properties, if that possibility had prevailed, the particular would not have been a sugar cube. This, too, is allowed for by Shoemaker. He endorses the view that a certain particular might have had different properties than it does in the actual world (that in some other possible world it does have those properties) (218) and that there is … no subset of the properties of such a thing which constitutes an individual essence of it, i.e., is