Distinctions in sense knowledge.

Take three different ways of describing the same experience:

I see red and green
I see a shape
I see a rose.

All are appeals to sense knowledge, but not in the same way. In the first, we speak of something that can only be discerned by the sense of sight; in the second, of something that we could also sense through touch (we could feel out the buds and the thorns); and in the third we are claiming to see something that has both the red and the shape. Rose is a name for a certain single thing having many things; a size, shape, color, reproductive power, a parent, a history, a position, etc. The rose is a certain principle by which all the things it has are one.

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