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A contrast relating the more general (‘colour’) to the more specific (‘red’). It was originally introduced by W. E. Johnson. In one usage, the contrast differs from that of genus to species, in that the specific difference identifying a determinate is itself a modification of the determinable. Thus what differentiates red from blue is just colour, whereas many different properties may differentiate a member of one species, for instance of animal, from those of another.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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