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Single Idea 12055

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

Full Idea

Predications which answer the question 'what is x?' are often called 'sortal predications' in present-day philosophy.

Gist of Idea

Sortal predications are answers to the question 'what is x?'


David Wiggins (Substance [1995], 4.10.1)

Book Reference

'Philosophy: a Guide Through the Subject', ed/tr. Grayling,A.C. [OUP 1995], p.230

A Reaction

The word 'sortal' comes from Locke. Wiggins is the guru of 'sortal essentialism'. I just can't believe that in answer to the question 'what really is David Wiggins?' that he would be happy with a sequence of categorisations.