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Single Idea 9492

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 6. Categorical Properties]

Full Idea

The categoricalist conception of properties takes them to be quiddities, which are primitive identities between fundamental qualities, having no difference with regard to their essence.

Gist of Idea

Categoricalists take properties to be quiddities, with no essential difference between them


Alexander Bird (Nature's Metaphysics [2007], 4.5)

Book Reference

Bird,Alexander: 'Nature's Metaphysics' [OUP 2007], p.97

A Reaction

Compare 'haecceitism' about indentity of objects, though 'quidditism' sounds even less plausible. Bird attributes this view to Lewis and Armstrong, and makes it sound well daft.