Single Idea 17517

[catalogued under 9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 1. Unifying an Object / a. Intrinsic unification]

Full Idea

The abstract question arises of whether the same matter could be subject to more than one principle of unity simultaneously, or unified by more than one 'form'.

Gist of Idea

Could the same matter have more than one form or principle of unity?


M.R. Ayers (Individuals without Sortals [1974], 'Realist' vii)

Book Reference

-: 'Canadian Journal of Philosophy' [-], p.132

A Reaction

He suggests that the unity of the sweater is destroyed by unravelling, and the unity of the thread by cutting.

Related Idea

Idea 17516 If counting needs a sortal, what of things which fall under two sortals? [Ayers]