Single Idea 3315

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 5. Self-Identity]

Full Idea

Aristotle denigrates the whole category of relations, but modern logical absolutists single out self-relation (in the mode of identity) as metaphysically privileged.

Gist of Idea

Aristotle denigrates the category of relation, but for modern absolutists self-relation is basic


comment on Aristotle (Categories [c.331 BCE]) by Josť A. Benardete - Metaphysics: the logical approach Ch.8

Book Reference

Benardete,Josť A.: 'Metaphysics: The Logical Approach' [OUP 1989], p.51

A Reaction

I think this refers to Plantinga and Merrihew Adams, who make identity-with-itself the basic component of individual existences.