Single Idea 15455

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / b. Individuation by properties]

Full Idea

The way something is is given by the totality of its intrinsic properties.

Gist of Idea

Total intrinsic properties give us what a thing is


David Lewis (Extrinsic Properties [1983], I)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology' [CUP 1999], p.112

A Reaction

No. Some properties are intrinsic but trivial. The 'important' ones fix the identity (if the identity is indeed 'fixed').