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Single Idea 4889

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 1. Content]

Full Idea

Although we classify ideas by content for many purposes, we do not individuate them by content. The content of an idea can change.

Gist of Idea

Although we may classify ideas by content, we individuate them differently, as their content can change


John Perry (Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness [2001], 3.2)

Book Reference

Perry,John: 'Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness' [MIT 2001], p.51

A Reaction

As the compiler of this database, I find this very appealing. The mind works exactly like a database. I have a 'file' (Perry's word) marked "London", the content of which undergoes continual change. I am a database management system.