The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape by Cheri Register

By Cheri Register

A rural neighborhood is modified without end while moneyed pursuits conspire to rework a valuable wetland.

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That is, there is no natural property which must, and can only, be possessed by things which are members of the kind. Certainly, there are natural properties which would distinguish, say, electrons from other kinds of things. Electrons must, for example, all have a certain mass, charge and spin. But there are very good reasons for saying that there is no property, such as that of being an electron, which all and only electrons can have. As Armstrong clearly demonstrates,S there is an important distinction between properties and predicates.

Clearly, there would have to be different sorts of natural kind universals, depending on the kinds of ultimate species they refer to. If the members of an ultimate species are physical objects, then the universal will be instantiated by such objects. If an ultimate species is a kind of process, then the processes of this kind must be intrinsically identical, and therefore the universal would have to be one which has ultimately specific processes as its instances. g. of specific quantitative properties or relations, then the universal would have to have such properties or relations as its instances.

A steel band, for example, might have this shape independently of the external forces acting upon it. It is not the case that if any object has this shape, then it necessarily has it intrinsically. If the rubber band were causally isolated from its surroundings, it would not have this shape. Intrinsicality in the causal sense is therefore not a property of properties, as many of those who have tried to explicate a logical concept of intrinsicality have supposed. g. a steel model of the stretched rubber band) and not an intrinsic property of another (viz.

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