Single Idea 19034

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 1. Nature of Existence]

Full Idea

We can think of the world as a 'whole' that has everything as its parts, like raisins in a cake, or we can think of the world as a 'container', which is disjoint from everything there is, like a bottle containing water.

Gist of Idea

The world is either a whole made of its parts, or a container which contains its parts


Barbara Vetter (Potentiality [2015], 7.3)

Book Reference

Vetter,Barbara: 'Potentiality: from Dispositions to Modality' [OUP 2015], p.258

A Reaction

[compressed] Space and time seem to have a special role here, and it is hard to think of any other candidates for being the 'container'. I think I will apply my 'what's it made of' test to ontology, and opt for the world as a 'whole'.