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Single Idea 13582

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 10. Properties as Predicates]

Full Idea

In my view 'being a methane molecule' is not a property name, but a predicate that is constructed out of a natural kind name, and so pretends to name a property.

Gist of Idea

'Being a methane molecule' is not a property - it is just a predicate


Brian Ellis (Scientific Essentialism [2001], 2.03)

Book Reference

Ellis,Brian: 'Scientific Essentialism' [CUP 2007], p.68

A Reaction

I can't tell you how strongly I agree with this. How long have you got? This is so incredibly right that... You get the idea. He observes that such properties cannot be instantiated 'in' anything.