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Single Idea 9503

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

Full Idea

It isn't clear what it is to name an abundant property. One might reify them, as akin to Fregean concepts, or it might be equivalent to a simple predication.


'Abundant' properties can be odd groupings, or whimsical features

Gist of Idea

To name an abundant property is either a Fregean concept, or a simple predicate


Alexander Bird (Nature's Metaphysics [2007], 7.1.2)

Book Reference

Bird,Alexander: 'Nature's Metaphysics' [OUP 2007], p.151

A Reaction

'Fregean concepts' would make them functions that purely link things (hence relational?). One suspects that people who actually treat abundant properties as part of their ontology (Lewis) are confusing natural properties with predicates.