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Single Idea 16506

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

Full Idea

We can expect that, for every completely determinate continuant, there will be at least one sortal concept that it falls under and that determines a principle of persistence for it.

Gist of Idea

Every determinate thing falls under a sortal, which fixes its persistence


David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance [1980], 2.4)

Book Reference

Wiggins,David: 'Sameness and Substance' [Blackwell 1980], p.60

A Reaction

I think he has the 'determines' relation the wrong way round! Being a tiger doesn't determine anything about persistence. It is having that nature and those persistence conditions which make it a tiger. And why does he optimistically 'expect' this?