Single Idea 17511

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / e. Individuation by kind]

Full Idea

The recognition of the fact of continuity is logically independent of the possession of sortal concepts, whereas the formation of sortal concepts is at least psychologically dependent upon the recognition of continuity.

Gist of Idea

Recognising continuity is separate from sortals, and must precede their use


M.R. Ayers (Individuals without Sortals [1974], Intro)

Book Reference

-: 'Canadian Journal of Philosophy' [-], p.117

A Reaction

I take this to be entirely correct. I might add that unity must also be recognised.