Substance

[Revised entry by Howard Robinson on February 3, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Many of the concepts analysed by philosophers have their origin in ordinary - or at least
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[Revised entry by Howard Robinson on February 3, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Many of the concepts analysed by philosophers have their origin in ordinary - or at least extra-philosophical - language. Perception, knowledge, causation, and mind would be examples of this. But the concept of substance is essentially a philosophical term of art. Its uses in ordinary language tend to derive, often in a rather distorted way, from the philosophical senses. (Such expressions as...

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