Single Idea 17522

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

Full Idea

Sortals are the terms by which we intend to classify physical objects according to the nature and origin of their unity.

Gist of Idea

We use sortals to classify physical objects by the nature and origin of their unity


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

Book Reference

-: 'Canadian Journal of Philosophy' [-], p.146

A Reaction

This is as opposed to using sortals for the initial individuation. I take the perception of the unity to come first, so resemblance must be mentioned, though it can be an underlying (essentialist) resemblance.