Single Idea 15741

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 4. Intrinsic Properties]

Full Idea

It cannot be said that all intrinsic properties are perfectly natural, ...but it can plausibly be said that all perfectly natural properties are intrinsic.

Gist of Idea

All of the natural properties are included among the intrinsic properties


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

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'On the Plurality of Worlds' [Blackwell 2001], p.61

A Reaction

Idea 15742 give the example he uses to support this claim. I like the concept of 'intrinsic' properties, but cannot currently see any use for the concept of 'natural' ones.

Related Idea

Idea 15742 A disjunctive property can be unnatural, but intrinsic if its disjuncts are intrinsic [Lewis]