An object is an instance (or not)?

Mario Figueiredo marfig at
Wed Jan 28 01:24:22 CET 2015

In article <mailman.18192.1422401989.18130.python-list at>, 
ben+python at says...
> > > This is why I say that even in Python, where a class is an object,
> > > an object is not always an instance. The language itself forces that
> > > distinction.
> You have not, to my knowledge, shown any object (in Python 2.2 or later)
> which is not an instance of some class. Python objects are always an
> instance of some specific class.

It is true that a class object is an instance of 'type'. But this is a 
special type (can't avoid the pun). A class object is not an instance of 
the type it implements. That is what I mean by an object that isn't an 

In other words, the object know as "Sub class" is not an instance 
object. True, it is an instance of the object 'type'.

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