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Single Idea 11896

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / e. Individuation by kind]

Full Idea

Wiggins bases sortal essentialism on the notion that a thing's principle of individuation is essential to it.

Gist of Idea

A sortal essence is a thing's principle of individuation


report of David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance Renewed [2001]) by Penelope Mackie - How Things Might Have Been 7.1

Book Reference

Mackie,Penelope: 'How Things Might Have Been' [OUP 2006], p.118

A Reaction

This idea has failed to make much impression on me. I seem to be the only person who doesn't understand the concept of 'individuation'. Please let me know exactly what it means. Type individuation is not individual individuation, I presume.

Related Idea

Idea 13865 'Sortal' concepts show kinds, use indefinite articles, and require grasping identities [Wright,C]