Universals: An Opinionated Introduction
In this short text, a distinguished philosopher turns his attention to one of the oldest and most fundamental philosophical problems of all: How it is that we are able to sort and classify different things as being of the same natural class? Professor Armstrong carefully sets out six major theories—ancient, modern, and contemporary—and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each. Recognizing that there are no final victories or defeats in metaphysics, Armstrong nonetheless defends a traditional account of universals as the most satisfactory theory we have.This study is written for advanced students, but as Armstrong goes considerably beyond his earlier work on this topic, it will interest professional scholars as well. Carefully plotted and clearly written, Universals is both a paradigm of exposition and a case study on the value of careful analysis of fundamental issues in philosophy.
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Abstract Particulars admit properties admits of degrees affairs analyze argument Bundle theory bundle-of-universals bundles of universals causal Chapter class membership Class Nominalist class of classes class of electrons class of red classes of tropes complete complex complex of compresence Consider constituents cycles degrees of naturalness degrees of resemblance difficulty distinction entities exact exist fundamental G. F. Stout H. H. Price higher-order types Identity of Indiscernibles instantiation internal relation involve mass Natural Class theory notion ontological ordered pairs particularized nature perhaps philosophers possible world postulate predicate primitive Problem of Universals properties and relations Quinton Realist red things regress relation of resemblance relational properties resemblance class Resemblance Nominalism Resemblance Nominalist resemblance of universals resemblance relations Resemblance theory resembling things Russell Section seems sort substance substance-attribute view substratum Suppose symmetrical symmetrical relation theorist thick particular tokens Trope theory true uninstantiated universals Universals theory unordered classes