Single Idea 16072

[catalogued under 9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 1. Unifying an Object / b. Unifying aggregates]

Full Idea

Burke distinguishes three different readings of 'the rock'. It can be a singular description denoting an object, or a plural description denoting all the little pieces of rock, or a mass description the relevant rocky stuff.

Gist of Idea

'The rock' either refers to an object, or to a collection of parts, or to some stuff


report of Michael Burke (Dion and Theon: an essentialist solution [1994]) by Ryan Wasserman - Material Constitution 5

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.15

A Reaction

Idea 16068 is an objection to the second reading. Only the first reading seems plausible, so we must just get over all the difficulties philosophers have unearthed about knowing exactly what an 'object' is. I offer you essentialism. Rocks have unity.

Related Idea

Idea 16068 The weight of a wall is not the weight of its parts, since that would involve double-counting [Wasserman]