Single Idea 19030

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 12. Origin as Essential]

Full Idea

Not every feature of an individual's origin is plausibly considered necessary, so we can distinguish two questions: 'why origin, rather than development?', and 'why these particular features of origin?'.

Gist of Idea

Why does origin matter more than development; why are some features of origin more important?


Barbara Vetter (Potentiality [2015], 6.2)

Book Reference

Vetter,Barbara: 'Potentiality: from Dispositions to Modality' [OUP 2015], p.204

A Reaction

[she cites P. Mackie 1998] The point is that exactly where someone was born doesn't seem vital. If it is nothing more than that every contingent object must have an origin, that is not very exciting.