|Qua objects, philosophy: qua objects are objects, explicitly referred to under a particular description, to extract one of several possible functions of this object. E.g. Reagan qua President in contrast to Reagan qua actor. This reduces the amount of possible conclusions resulting from the use of names for this object. In the technical sense, the use of Qua objects prevents an object from being counted multiple times. Problems arise with regard to which "address" e.g. a quote is to be attributed to. See also partition, attribution, individuation, identification, specification.|
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qua: e.g. rational reasons are effective qua rational reasons: i.e. rational reasons are not merely our interpretation, not our name for a merely physical state (claim) - test results are not caused qua rational state, but qua brain state.
Philosophical Explanations Oxford 1981
The Nature of Rationality 1994