Ideas from 'Ontological Dependence' by Kit Fine [1995], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Aristotelian Society' (ed/tr -) [ ,]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 4. Aims of Philosophy / c. Philosophy as generalisation
We understand things through their dependency relations
1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 1. Nature of Metaphysics
Metaphysics deals with the existence of things and with the nature of things
2. Reason / D. Definition / 4. Real Definition
Maybe two objects might require simultaneous real definitions, as with two simultaneous terms
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / b. Being and existence
An object's 'being' isn't existence; there's more to an object than existence, and its nature doesn't include existence
7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 4. Ontological Dependence
A natural modal account of dependence says x depends on y if y must exist when x does
Dependency is the real counterpart of one term defining another
An object depends on another if the second cannot be eliminated from the first's definition
There is 'weak' dependence in one definition, and 'strong' dependence in all the definitions
9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 1. Unifying an Object / c. Unity as conceptual
We should understand identity in terms of the propositions it renders true
9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 2. Types of Essence
How do we distinguish basic from derived esssences?
Maybe some things have essential relationships as well as essential properties
9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 4. Essence as Definition
An object only essentially has a property if that property follows from every definition of the object