The element of similarity is crucially involved in the formation of every
concept; similarity, in this context, is the relationship between two or more
existents which possess the same characteristic(s), but in different measure or
degree. . . .
Similarity is grasped perceptually; in observing it, man is not and does not
have to be aware of the fact that it involves a matter of measurement. It is
the task of philosophy and of science to identify that fact.