Reflexions on "Individuals", by P.F. Strawson
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This paper will take the form of an exposition and critique of the general argument presented in Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics by P.R. Strawson. Accordingly my presentation will be divided into two parts; in the first section I shall give a brief sketch of Strawson's investigations, adding for the most part only such remarks of my own as will serve to clarify his position. My treatment will be of the most partial sort, emphasis being laid (part two) on developments consequent to his general line of thought. I have, for example, completely ignored chapters two and four of the book which, though they give additional support to his argument, are not necessary to its evolution. Strawson will take the field for the second half, some reflexions, particular and general, upon his approach.