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Individuation, philosophy: the picking out of an object by a determination by means of additional information which is not to be derived from a single statement which contains this object. For example, beliefs are individualized by content, not e.g. by the length of the character strings with which they are expressed. The contents of a belief are, in turn, not individuated by their repetition, but by other contents.
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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Peter M. Simons on Individuation - Dictionary of Arguments

I 129
Individuation/ontology/Simons: mere hyphenated words shall not create a new ontology, because they can not be individuated without the parts.
>Epistemic/ontologic
, >Definitions, >Definability, >Ontology.
I 186
Individuation/mereology/Simon: for individuation mereological terms are important, e.g. to see what Fido is, we must be able to decide what is a part of it at a certain time, which overlaps with it and what is separated from it.
>Mereology, >Parts.
Problem: Fido itself is not mereologically constant.
Solution: we must know the limits within which metabolism is permitted.
Type: the type does not specify which particular parts the thing has, but what type of parts it normally does have and what relations these usually relate to each other.
>Type/Token.

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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Simons I
P. Simons
Parts. A Study in Ontology Oxford New York 1987


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