Single Idea 8564

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 10. Properties as Predicates]

Full Idea

To every property there obviously corresponds a possible predicate applying to all and only those particulars with that property.

Gist of Idea

There is obviously a possible predicate for every property


D.H. Mellor (Properties and Predicates [1991], 'Intro')

Book Reference

'Properties', ed/tr. Mellor,D.H. /Oliver,A [OUP 1997], p.255

A Reaction

This doesn't strike me as at all obvious. If nature dictates the properties, there may be vastly more than any human language could cope with. It is daft to say that a property can only exist if humanity can come up with a predicate for it.