From Lot ’ s Wife to a Pillar of Salt : Evidence that Physical Object is a Sortal Concept

  title={From Lot ’ s Wife to a Pillar of Salt : Evidence that Physical Object is a Sortal Concept},
  author={Xu Fei},
A number of philosophers of language have proposed that people do not have conceptual access to ‘bare particulars’, or attribute-free individuals (e.g. Wiggins, 1980). Individuals can only be picked out under some sortal, a concept which provides principles of individuation and identity. Many advocates of this view have argued that object is not a genuine sortal concept. I will argue in this paper that a narrow sense of ‘object’, namely the concept of any bounded, coherent, three-dimensional… CONTINUE READING
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