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    Unhappy a bit of 'thingness' philosophy

    I have problem with a small portion of some high flown philosophical text (part of a footnote, having no clue of its original context): "a thing is usually what it represents itself as being". Could anyone interpret it in some less condensed manner? Does it simply mean that a thing represents some actually existing phenomenon?

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    Re: a bit of 'thingness' philosophy

    I am guessing that it means "Don't try to make things more complicated than they are." A thing is most often just what it appears to be, not a metaphorical representation of something else.

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    Re: a bit of 'thingness' philosophy

    Yes, I believe so, given the limited context. Possibly, if it looks like X and acts like X, then it's probably X.

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    #4

    Re: a bit of 'thingness' philosophy

    Thank you for the answers; they have cleared away at least part of the mist

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    Re: a bit of 'thingness' philosophy

    Glad to hear.

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