Letang Is The Truth wrote:Kraftster wrote:Gaucho wrote:
So do "things" have identity outside of the labels we assign to them?
what is an identity? i have a lapel pin sitting in front of me. i know its a lapel pin because thats what ive been told. if someone told me it was a cell phone when i was little and everyone called it that it would be a cell phone but it would still serve the same purpose. like someone mentioned the naming conventions we use are out of convenience to make communication, business, life easier
Well, I don't think there is a universally accepted definition of what identity is in this context. But, why don't we try by sort of asking something to the effect of "If we (humans) weren't here, would, say, the desk in my office have a distinct identity than the same desk (as built by the same furniture company) in a different office down the hall?" What about my chair? If we're not here to assign it one, does it have a distinct identity from other chairs like it?