Single Idea 15740

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

Full Idea

Some people suppose my natural properties are distinguished by nature, and hence natural in one world and not another. I intend properties to be natural or unnatural simpliciter, not relative to one or another world.

Gist of Idea

I don't take 'natural' properties to be fixed by the nature of one possible world


David Lewis (On the Plurality of Worlds [1986], 1.5 n44)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'On the Plurality of Worlds' [Blackwell 2001], p.60

A Reaction

This is an important warning for the likes of me. I've have begun to doubt the utility of the term 'natural' property, and this reinforces my view.