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

Full Idea

The state of affairs which is some dogs being brown may be said to entail (make it necessarily so) the property of 'being brown', as well as the properties of 'being canine' and 'being both brown and canine'.

Gist of Idea

If some dogs are brown, that entails the properties of 'being brown' and 'being canine'


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], 1.4)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.28

A Reaction

And the property of 'being such that it is both brown and canine and brown or canine'. Etc. This is dangerous nonsense. Making all truths entail the existence of some property means we can no longer get to grips with real properties.