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Single Idea 12859

[catalogued under 7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 8. Stuff / b. Mixtures]

Full Idea

The qualities of a mixture need not be those of its ingredients in isolation.

Gist of Idea

A mixture can have different qualities from its ingredients.


Peter Simons (Parts [1987], 6.2)

Book Reference

Simons,Peter: 'Parts: a Study in Ontology' [OUP 1987], p.221

A Reaction

It depends on what you mean by a quality. Presumably we can give a reductive account of the qualities of the mixture, as long as no reaction has taken place. The taste of a salad is just the sum of its parts.