Single Idea 15460

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 5. Natural Properties]

Full Idea

Lewis proposed that all perfectly natural properties are intrinsic.

Gist of Idea

All perfectly natural properties are intrinsic


report of David Lewis (New work for a theory of universals [1983], p.355-7) by David Lewis - Defining 'Intrinsic' (with Rae Langton) IX

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology' [CUP 1999], p.130

A Reaction

Depends what you mean by 'natural', 'property' and 'intrinsic'! Presumably there are natural extrinsic facts, in naturally necessary relationships. If all natural properties are powers, they would have to be intrinsic. Extrinsics would be derivative.