Single Idea 16980

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 2. Abstract Objects / b. Need for abstracta]

Full Idea

There is a good case for a conservative reform of the word 'object'. Objects in the 'logical' sense would be all predicate-worthy identifiabilia whatever. Objects in the 'ontological' sense would form one ontological category among many others.

Gist of Idea

We need a logical use of 'object' as predicate-worthy, and an 'ontological' use


Peter F. Strawson (Entity and Identity [1978], I n4)

A Reaction

This ambiguity has caused me no end of confusion (and irritation!). I wish philosophers wouldn't hijack perfectly good English words and give them weird meanings. Nice to have a distinguished fellow like Strawson make this suggestion.