To say something per se is to say it essentially. But the essential pertains to the definition, and so either a.) what is said is in the definition of the subject; or b.) the subject is in the definition of what is said. For a.) Line belongs per se to triangle, and point per se to line for b.) even and odd are said per se of number. In a.) triangles (the subject) have lines by definition and lines have points; In b.) Though we say “numbers are even (or odd)” number is used in defining odd even though it is the subject. The first sense is what we first means when we talk about what is predicated per se; for the perseity belongs to the actual act of predication as opposed to belonging to the predicate.
Note on the first two modes of the per se
February 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm (Uncategorized)