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Single Idea 12856

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 7. Intermittent Objects]

Full Idea

If we could show that intermittence could occur not only among artefacts and higher-order objects, but also among natural things, then we should have given it a secure place on the ontological map.

Gist of Idea

Intermittent objects would be respectable if they occurred in nature, as well as in artefacts


Peter Simons (Parts [1987], 5.7)

Book Reference

Simons,Peter: 'Parts: a Study in Ontology' [OUP 1987], p.206

A Reaction

Interesting ontological test. Having identified fairly clear intermittent artefacts (Idea 12851), if we then fail to find any examples in nature, must we revisit the artefacts and say they are not intermittents? He suggests freezing an organ in surgery.

Related Idea

Idea 12851 Intermittence is seen in a toy fort, which is dismantled then rebuilt with the same bricks [Chisholm, by Simons]