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Single Idea 10716

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 2. Need for Properties]

Full Idea

One conception of properties says there are only as many properties as are needed to be constituents of laws.

Gist of Idea

There are just as many properties as the laws require


Alex Oliver (The Metaphysics of Properties [1996], 03)

Book Reference

-: 'Mind' [-], p.18

A Reaction

I take this view to the be precise opposite of the real situation. The properties are what lead to the laws. Properties are internal to nature, and laws are imposed from outside, which is ridiculous unless you think there is an active deity.