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Single Idea 21535

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / c. Individuation by location]

Full Idea

Only those objects exist which have to particular parts of space and time the special relation of 'occupying' them.

Gist of Idea

Objects only exist if they 'occupy' space and time


Bertrand Russell (Meinong on Complexes and Assumptions [1904], p.29)

A Reaction

He excepts space and time themselves. Clearly this doesn't advance our understanding much, but it points to a priority in our normal conceptual scheme. Is Russell assuming absolute space and time?

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Essays in Analysis', ed/tr. Lackey,Douglas [George Braziller 1973], p.29