Single Idea 7018

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 1. Physical Objects]

Full Idea

I think of objects as substances, and a substance is an object considered as a bearer of properties.

Gist of Idea

Objects are substances, which are objects considered as the bearer of properties


John Heil (From an Ontological Point of View [2003], 04.2)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'From an Ontological Point of View' [OUP 2005], p.41

A Reaction

This is an area of philosophy I always find disconcerting, where an account of how we should see objects seems to have no connection at all to what physicists report about objects. 'Considered as' seems to make substances entirely conventional.