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Single Idea 10720

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 3. Types of Properties]

Full Idea

Both properties and particulars can be taken as either sui generis or as constructions, so we have four options: both sui generis, or both constructions, or one of each.


'Sui generis' means 'of their own kind' i.e. basic

Gist of Idea

We have four options, depending whether particulars and properties are sui generis or constructions


Alex Oliver (The Metaphysics of Properties [1996], 09)

Book Reference

-: 'Mind' [-], p.21

A Reaction

I think I favour both being sui generis. God didn't make the objects, then add their properties, or make the properties then create some instantiations. There can't be objects without properties, or objectless properties (except in thought).