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Property: what can be ascribed to an object in order to distinguish it from other objects. In philosophy, there is debate about whether properties exist or whether "bare particulars" exist. Expressions for properties are predicates. Not every predicate will refer to a property. See also quantification over properties, 2nd order logic, HOL, completeness.

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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Daniel Dennett on Properties - Dictionary of Arguments

I 68f
Properties/Competition/Evolution/Dennett: E.g. competition in coin toss produces some kind of winner. However, this winner is not the carrier of any historical properties that would have predestined him to be the winner, like it happens in a tennis tournament.
In a repetition hardly the same person would win.
I 131
Coincidence/Dennett: coincidence has no memory. (E.g. competition in coin toss favors no properties of the winner).
Properties/"Eve"/Human origin/Dennett: except for the fact that she had two daughters, there is nothing special about Eve! She was certainly not the first human woman and not harder working than her contemporaries. (> Competition in coin toss).
I 295
She can only be identified afterwards.
Properties/Evolution "why" questions/Dennett: E.g. 99 per cent of all living creatures that have ever lived have died without offspring, but non of our ancestors belonged to them. In our family tree we find ancestors with strengths and weaknesses, but none of these weaknesses led to extinction. So it might seem as though the evolution cannot explain even one property that we have inherited from our ancestors.> Explanation.
I 382
Properties/Dennett: does the world of the living have many properties that are there for no reason? That depends on what you consider to be a property.
Exthe fact that an elephant has more legs than eyes is not an adaptation and no adaptationist would assert that.
I 607
Properties/Dennett: E.g. The Sword in the Stone that only Arthur can pull out: invisible property that only shows itself in the situation.

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.

Dennett I
D. Dennett
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, New York 1995
German Edition:
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Dennett II
D. Dennett
Kinds of Minds, New York 1996
German Edition:
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999

Dennett III
Daniel Dennett
"COG: Steps towards consciousness in robots"
Bewusstein, Thomas Metzinger, Paderborn/München/Wien/Zürich 1996

Dennett IV
Daniel Dennett
"Animal Consciousness. What Matters and Why?", in: D. C. Dennett, Brainchildren. Essays on Designing Minds, Cambridge/MA 1998, pp. 337-350
Der Geist der Tiere, D Perler/M. Wild, Frankfurt/M. 2005

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