more from David Wiggins

Single Idea 16495

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

Full Idea

There could be no singling out tout court unless there could be singling out 'as'.


'tout court' means in short, and nothing else

Gist of Idea

The only singling out is singling out 'as' something


David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance [1980], Pre 2)

Book Reference

Wiggins,David: 'Sameness and Substance' [Blackwell 1980], p.5

A Reaction

I find this claim baffling. Do animals categorise everything they engage with? Are we unable to engage with something if we have not yet categorised it? Surely picking it out is prior to saying that sort of thing it is?

Related Idea

Idea 11038 We call them secondary 'substances' because they reveal the primary substances [Aristotle]