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Single Idea 9407

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 5. Natural Properties]

Full Idea

To say there are properties is to say there are natural classes, classes introduction to some of whose members enables people to pick out others without hesitation and in agreement.

Gist of Idea

Properties imply natural classes which can be picked out by everybody


Anthony Quinton (The Nature of Things [1973], 9 'Nat')

Book Reference

Quinton,Anthony: 'The Nature of Things' [RKP 1973], p.263

A Reaction

Aristotle would like this approach, but it doesn't find many friends among modern logician/philosophers. We should go on to ask why people agree on these things. Causal powers will then come into it.