Single Idea 7029

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 2. Qualities in Perception / a. Qualities in perception]

Full Idea

It is not clear to me that we easily distinguish ways a property is from the property itself.

Gist of Idea

Can we distinguish the way a property is from the property?


John Heil (From an Ontological Point of View [2003], 11.6)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'From an Ontological Point of View' [OUP 2005], p.122

A Reaction

To defend properties as qualities, he is confusing ontology and epistemology. Presumably he means by 'ways a property is' what I would prefer to call 'ways a property seems to be'. I don't believe a smell is simply what it seems to be.