The Distinction between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Properties
Denby (David)
Source: Mind, 115, Number 457, January 2006, pp. 1-17(17)
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  1. I propose an analysis of the metaphysically important distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic properties, and, in the process, provide a neglected model for the analysis of recalcitrant distinctions generally.
  2. First, I recap some difficulties with Kim's well-known (1982) proposal and its recent descendants.
  3. Then I define two independence relations among properties and state a ‘quasi-logical’ analysis of the distinction in terms of them. Unusually, my proposal is holistic, but I argue that it is in a certain kind of equilibrium and so probably pins down the target distinction uniquely.
  4. Finally, I suggest diagnoses of the previous failed attempts to analyse the distinction.

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