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Single Idea 13577

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 6. Categorical Properties]

Full Idea

The paradigmatically 'categorical' properties are spatio-temporal, depending on how things are distributed in space and time. Shape is the obvious example. ...Other examples are number, size and configuration.

Gist of Idea

Typical 'categorical' properties are spatio-temporal, such as shape


Brian Ellis (Scientific Essentialism [2001], 1.09)

Book Reference

Ellis,Brian: 'Scientific Essentialism' [CUP 2007], p.46

A Reaction

I'm finding it very frustrating that this concept is much discussed in current philosophy of science (e.g. by Bird), but it is exceedingly hard to pin down any exact account of these 'categorical' properties, or even why they are so-called.