Thing and Quality. Substance

  • Georg Henrik von Wright
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 272)


A prototype of physical things are (solid) material bodies in three-dimensional space. What about liquids and gasses? They, too, exist in three-dimensional space. But they have no shape “of their own”. They may be contained within solid boundaries and then assume the shape of the container or vessel.


Ontological Status Material Body Acoustic Sensation Deaf People Material Thing 
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    Olof Granit, a cousin of the famous Nobel laureate physiologist, Ragnar Granit. O.G. fell in Finland’s Winter War. The results of his research were published posthumously by his teacher, Professor Pontus Palmgren, under the title “Beiträge zur Kenntnis des Gehörsinns der Vögel” in Omis Fennica XVIII, 1941.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Henrik von Wright
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  1. 1.Academy of FinlandHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiFinland

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