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Single Idea 11866

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / d. Individuation by haecceity]

Full Idea

It is hard to think of anything true and significant that could not be said using the idea of thisness not better said while respectiving the distinctions designation/predication and particular/universal.

Gist of Idea

The idea of 'thisness' is better expressed with designation/predication and particular/universal


David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance Renewed [2001], 4.7)

Book Reference

Wiggins,David: 'Sameness and Substance Renewed' [CUP 2001], p.126

A Reaction

Politis calls 'thisness' the 'ultimate subject of predication', so it is covered in logic by the name for an object. But we need to understand objects, and not just refer to them, and I'm not sure that 'universals' advance our understanding.