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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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Michael Esfeld on Properties - Dictionary of Arguments

I 179
Properties/Jackson: physics: properties "do" something. Jackson: but properties are not "causal cum relational". At least some are intrinsic and are merely relational - it might be that there are two causally quite similar properties, one of which has an affect at one time and the other at a different time, but we believe to only recognize one. Then we cannot know anything about the intrinsic world.
I, 209
Properties/Esfeld: qualities: relations: e.g. 6cm: is shorter or longer than something else. The description is relational, not the length itself.
I 306
Properties/Aristotle: "first substance": the "first substance" is something from which properties can be expressed, but which is not itself the property of something else Quantum Mechanics/Esfeld: Quantum systems are like that.

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.

Es I
M. Esfeld
Holismus Frankfurt/M 2002

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