Single Idea 7685

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 1. Physical Objects]

Full Idea

To be an object is to be a predication subject, and to be this as opposed to that particular object, whether existent or not, is to have a distinctive combination of properties.

Gist of Idea

An object is a predication subject, distinguished by a distinctive combination of properties


Dale Jacquette (Ontology [2002], Ch. 2)

Book Reference

Jacquette,Dale: 'Ontology' [Acumen 2002], p.59

A Reaction

The last part depends on Leibniz's Law. The difficulty is that two objects may only be distinguishable by being in different places, and location doesn't look like a property. Cf. Idea 5055.

Related Idea

Idea 5055 No two things are totally identical [Leibniz]