Questions tagged [objects]
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Does nominalism about kinds/universals entail eliminativism/nihilism about ordinary objects?
If one holds a nominalist or conventionalist view of universals or kind, then do they believe that there are ordinary objects?
How do humans generalize abstract concepts from concrete objects?
To elaborate, I would like to take the definition of square as example, the square is shape with four equal sides and either two sides form a 90 degrees angle, while we can not directly see it. What ...
Help understanding this bit of philosophy in this paper
I was reading about data structuring in computer science in this paper "Record Handling C.A.R. Hoare" when he outlined some philosophy about the properties of objects that I'm struggling to ...
Is the notion of similarity a value judgment similar to morality?
Can two things/objects/events be intrinsically more similar to each other than another pair? By this, I mean can two objects be similar to each other in a mind independent way? After thinking about ...
What is the distinction between Gegenstand and Objekt?
In German philosophy (particularly Kant and Husserl), the concepts Gegenstand and Objekt (and their conjugations Gegenständlichkeit and Objektivität) are used to describe very different things while ...
Do general facts and general properties go hand in hand?
I'm thinking of general properties as normal abstract objects (whatever "normal" means, here). But so I have never been able to get at why there was this strong, recurring thread in esp. ...
Do states of affairs exemplify the properties that appear in their representation, or do they encode these?
The encoding/exemplifying distinction is in part an attempt to make phrases like "the round square" or "a nonexistent Pegasus" intelligible, without violating consistency or ...
Intuitively, attributes and properties are similar/the same; what, if anything, differentiates them?
We use words like attributed to and property of, and attribute of, but is there any difference of meaning? Both seem to imply characteristics or qualities of objects but that doesn't feel very ...
What are examples of irreducible dispositions of objects?
Typically, macroscopic dispositions like fragility are in principle reducible to the molecular structure of the glass. Analogously for flammability, or even for mental dispositions like irritability, ...
Can implexion be a nonwell-founded relation?
Alexius Meinong's "doctrine" of implexion is that there are complete and incomplete objects and that the latter are "implected in" the former (see the SEP article on that). Can ...
What is "lack" in Aristotle's "three starting-points" of form, lack and matter?
The following quote from Aristotle's Metaphysics is utterly baffling to me: The causes and starting-points of distinct things are distinct in a way, but in a way--if we are speaking universally and ...
draw a distinction between a class (abstract) and the set of all members (concrete)
I'm designing a learning program and I need to come up with a set of terms for the "objects" the user interacts with. In a concise way, I'd like to come up with two terms that describe: a ...
According to the major theories of concepts, where do meanings come from?
In all our intellectual pursuits, we use concepts like "atoms" for a structure or "ingredients" for a recipe. We all have to use them. For example, consider the concepts 'existence'...
What is correlationism?
I've read definitions but it's not clear to me. Is it correlationist to say that every state of affairs we imagine must include someone imagining it? Would any philosophers argue for that, and if not ...
What is the "ontic principle"?
"there is no difference that does not make a difference" according to Bryant. Specifically, and independent of whether this is stated by him, does it mean that any two terms with the same referent ...
What is the definition of 'object' in philosophy?
I have two examples in my mind that I'm unsure if they can be considered Objects: The second usage of things, as in, each thing has usually a defined usage, but sometimes people use things in a ...
Does Brassier say that perceptual objects are not paradigmatic objects?
Does Brassier say that perceptual objects are not paradigmatic objects? I think I stumbled on the claim he did, but didn't read, and have since given up on finding the phrase. It would seem to make ...