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Single Idea 15814

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 7. Substratum]

Full Idea

Our idea of a peach is not an idea of something that 'has' those particular qualities, but the concrete thing that 'is' sweet and round and fuzzy.

Gist of Idea

A peach is sweet and fuzzy, but it doesn't 'have' those qualities


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], 1.6)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.38

A Reaction

This is the beginnings of his 'adverbial' account of properties, with which you have to sympathise. It tries to eliminate the possibility of some propertyless thing, to which properties can then be added, like sprinkling sugar on it.