Two kinds of universals and two kinds of collections

Linguistics and Philosophy 27 (6):739 - 776 (2005)
This paper argues for an ontological distinction between two kinds of universals, 'kinds of tropes' such as 'wisdom' and properties such as 'the property of being wise'. It argues that the distinction is parallel to that between two kinds of collections, pluralities such as 'the students' and collective objects such as 'the class'. The paper argues for the priortity of distributive readings with pluralities on the basis of predicates of extent or shape, such 'large' or 'long'.
Keywords universals  plurals  distributivity  tropes  kinds  qualities
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DOI 10.1007/s10988-005-3733-7
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Friederike Moltmann (2013). The Semantics of Existence. Linguistics and Philosophy 36 (1):31-63.
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