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Single Idea 16655

[catalogued under 7. Existence / E. Categories / 4. Category Realism]

Full Idea

Being is delimited into different genera in accord with different modes of predicating, which depend on different modes of being.

Gist of Idea

Different genera are delimited by modes of predication, which rest on modes of being


Thomas Aquinas (On Aristotle's 'Metaphysics' [1266], V.9.890), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 12.3

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.230

A Reaction

I like this. When people say that predication is the way we divide things up, and go all linguistic-relativist about things, they forget how closely language not only describes reality, but arises out of, or is even caused by, reality. 'Grue' is silly.