As used in philosophy, in general, an object is something that can have properties and relations. Hence a particular object is, basically, either a particular material body or a particular mind--or, on a neutral monist view, a particular that can be viewed under both physical and mental aspects.
Symbols represent objects; how they do so, the map-territory relation, is the basic problem of semantics.
Objects are often treated as types of particulars, but occasionally, philosophers see fit to speak of abstract objects--Platonic forms would be an example. An abstract object is normally referred to something that does not exist physically. It is rational to say that as opposed to physically, it exists psychically.
Objects can also be viewed as entities.
See much more at objecthood.
- Ontological and epistemological dimensions of objecthood http://samvak.tripod.com/bestowed.html
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