Single Idea 12266

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 9. Sameness]

Full Idea

'The same' is employed in several senses: its principal sense is for same name or same definition; a second sense occurs when sameness is applied to a property [idiu]; a third sense is applied to an accident.

Gist of Idea

'Same' is mainly for names or definitions, but also for propria, and for accidents


Aristotle (Topics [c.331 BCE], 103a24-33)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Posterior Analytics and Topica', ed/tr. Tredennick,H/Foster,ES [Harvard 1960], p.291

A Reaction

[compressed] 'Property' is better translated as 'proprium' - a property unique to a particular thing, but not essential - see Idea 12262. Things are made up of essence, propria and accidents, and three ways of being 'the same' are the result.

Related Idea

Idea 12262 An 'idion' belongs uniquely to a thing, but is not part of its essence [Aristotle]