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Single Idea 15013

[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 6. Fundamentals / b. Types of fundamental]

Full Idea

The existence of tables and chairs is just as fundamental as the existence of electrons (in contrast, perhaps, with smirks and shadows, which do not exist fundamentally). However, tables and chairs have nonfundamental natures.

Gist of Idea

Tables and chairs have fundamental existence, but not fundamental natures


Theodore Sider (Writing the Book of the World [2011], 08.7)

Book Reference

Sider,Theodore: 'Writing the Book of the World' [OUP 2011], p.165

A Reaction

This seems to be a good clarification, and to me the 'nature' of something points towards its essence. However, I suppose he refers here to the place of something in a dependence hierarchy. But then, why does it have that place? What power?