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Single Idea 15835

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / e. Individuation by kind]

Full Idea

Wiggins bases sortal essentialism on the notion that a thing's principle of individuation is essential to it.

Gist of Idea

Wiggins's sortal essentialism rests on a thing's principle of individuation


report of David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance Renewed [2001]) by Penelope Mackie - How Things Might Have Been 7.1

Book Reference

Mackie,Penelope: 'How Things Might Have Been' [OUP 2006], p.119

A Reaction

My problem with this is that individuation is a human activity, not an intrinsic feature of the entities in the external world. Entities presumably have a 'unity', but I'm not sure about a 'principle' that does that job, though Aristotle is sympathetic.

Related Idea

Idea 15834 Brody bases sortal essentialism on properties required throughout something's existence [Brody, by Mackie,P]