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Single Idea 4214

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 6. Metaphysics as Conceptual]

Full Idea

It may well be that after all our attempts at analysis, we have to accept the notions of causality, identity and existence as being primitive and irreducible.

Gist of Idea

Maybe such concepts as causation, identity and existence are primitive and irreducible


E.J. Lowe (A Survey of Metaphysics [2002], p.191)

Book Reference

Lowe,E.J.: 'A Survey of Metaphysics' [OUP 2002], p.191

A Reaction

They may be irreducible, but it seems possible that the relationships between them might be revealed (as between Platonic Forms). To exist is to have identity and causal powers?