Single Idea 18443

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 10. Properties as Predicates]

Full Idea

The good standing of a predicate is already trivially sufficient to ensure the existence of an associated property, a (perhaps complex) way of being which the predicate serves to express.

Gist of Idea

A successful predicate guarantees the existence of a property - the way of being it expresses


B Hale / C Wright (The Metaontology of Abstraction [2009], 9)

Book Reference

'Metametaphysics', ed/tr. Chalmers/Manley/Wasserman [OUP 2009], p.197

A Reaction

'Way of being' is interesting. Is 'being near Trafalgar Sq' a way of being? I take properties to be 'features', which seems to give a clearer way of demarcating them. They say they are talking about 'abundant' (rather than 'sparse') properties.