Single Idea 15509

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 2. Qualities in Perception / a. Qualities in perception]

Full Idea

Some philosophers propose that things have their qualities by having them as parts, either as repeatable universals (Goodman), or as particulars (Donald Williams).

Gist of Idea

Some say qualities are parts of things - as repeatable universals, or as particulars


David Lewis (Parts of Classes [1991], 2.1 n2)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Parts of Classes' [Blackwell 1991], p.33

A Reaction

He refers to 'qualities' rather than 'properties', presumably because this view makes them all intrinsic to the object. Is being 'handsome' a part of a person?