Ideas from 'On the Individuation of Attributes' by Willard Quine [1975], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Theories and Things' by Quine,Willard [Harvard 1981,0-674-87926-0]].

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8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 12. Denial of Properties
Because things can share attributes, we cannot individuate attributes clearly
8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 5. Class Nominalism
You only know an attribute if you know what things have it
9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / a. Individuation
No entity without identity (which requires a principle of individuation)
9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 6. Identity between Objects
Identity of physical objects is just being coextensive