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Single Idea 17316

[catalogued under 18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 3. Abstracta by Ignoring]

Full Idea

In 'feature dependence', the ontologically dependent entity may be thought of as the result of a process of abstraction which takes the 'bearer' as its starting point and arrives at the abstracted entity by blocking out all the irrelevant features.

Gist of Idea

We can abstract to a dependent entity by blocking out features of its bearer


Kathrin Koslicki (Varieties of Ontological Dependence [2012], 7.6)

Book Reference

'Metaphysical Grounding', ed/tr. Correia,F/Schnieder,B [CUP 2012], p.212

A Reaction

She seems unaware that this is traditional abstraction, found in Aristotle, and a commonplace of thought until Frege got his evil hands on abstraction and stole it for other purposes. I'm a fan.