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Single Idea 7943

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

Full Idea

There seems to be no way of identifying a substratum as the bearer of qualities without qualifiying it as bare (having the property of being bare?), ..and they cannot be used to individuate things, because they are necessarily indiscernible.


A 'substratum' is also known as a 'bare particular'

Gist of Idea

A substratum has the quality of being bare, and they are useless because indiscernible


Cynthia Macdonald (Varieties of Things [2005], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Macdonald,Cynthia: 'Varieties of Things' [Blackwell 2005], p.113

A Reaction

The defence would probably be a priori, claiming an axiomatic necessity for substrata in our thinking about the world, along with a denial that bareness is a property (any more than not being a contemporary of Napoleon is a property).