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P. F. Strawson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587292.001.0001

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A Category of Particulars

A Category of Particulars

(p.196) 18 A Category of Particulars
Philosophical Writings

P. F. Strawson

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This chapter argues for — or calls attention to — the existence of another class or category of particulars. The characterization of category is perhaps best, that is, most persuasively, approached by referring to a certain subclass of the already acknowledged category of events. Particular members of this sub-class include, for example, particular smiles, blushes, grimaces, sneezes, gestures. Each such event is a unique individual particular, with its own spatio-temporal position, a particular instance of its appropriate sortal.

Keywords:   substances, particulars, universals, smiles, sneezes, gestures

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