Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Abstract: non-representational - abstract concept, expression of something non-objective - how to demarcate from concrete objects? How to differentiate between abstract entities and concepts, ultimately words.
 
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Boer, Steven E.
 
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Abstractness I 13
Definition abstract/terminology/Boer: be a thing for which it is not possible that it exists/is actual.
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I 14
Abstract/Boer: then an abstract entity is necessarily non-existent and has no individual essence. A fortiori they have no haecceitas.
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I 14
Abstract/identity/identifiability/identification/individuation/Boer: but also for abstract objects the principle "no entity without identity" applies. That is, their identities must be articulated in such a way that they are not presumed to be identifiable by the characteristics which they exemplify. ((s) For abstract objects).
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I 14
Actual/Identification/Individuation/Boer: trivially, actual objects are, of course, identifiable by their properties. The principle of indistinguishability of identity applies to them. This also applies to normal individuals in general.
Abstract: but it is not certain that it applies to abstract individuals. Here it may be, since numerically different individuals exemplify exactly the same characteristics.
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I 37 Note
Abstract/Abstract Objects/Zalta: Thesis: an abstract individual may encode every possible property of first order, even contradictory ones, even if that cannot be a concrete object. Such objects can be used in the analysis.
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I 14
Abstract characteristics/abstract relation/Boer: we need them, even more urgent. For example, the ability to run faster than a flying pistol bullet (Superman). They do not need to be exemplified.
Fiction: sometimes attributes such qualities to fictional characters as necessary.

Boer I
Steven E. Boer
Thought-Contents: On the Ontology of Belief and the Semantics of Belief Attribution (Philosophical Studies Series) New York 2010

Boer II
Steven E. Boer
Knowing Who Cambridge 1986


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