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Single Idea 23227

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 1. Nature of Properties]

Full Idea

Each object has a definite number of properties, no more, no less. …Each of these objects possesses each of these properties to a definite degree.

Gist of Idea

Each object has a precise number of properties, each to a precise degree


Johann Fichte (The Vocation of Man [1800], 1)

Book Reference

Fichte,Johann G.: 'The Vocation of Man', ed/tr. Preuss,Peter [Hackett 1987], p.5

A Reaction

Quine flatly disagrees with this. Fichte offers no grounds for his claim. On the whole I think of properties as psychologically abstracted by us from holistic objects, so there is plenty of room for error. The underlying powers are real.

Related Idea

Idea 7925 There is no proper identity concept for properties, and it is hard to distinguish one from two [Quine]