Universals: Ways or Things? [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Metaphysica 9 (2):219-234 (2008)
What all contemporary so-called aristotelian realists have in common has been identified by David Armstrong as the principle of instantiation. This principle has been put forward in different versions, but all of them have the following simple consequence in common: uninstantiated universals do not exist. Such entities are for the lotus-eating Platonist to countenance, but not for any sort of moderate realist. I shall argue that this principle, in any guise, is not the best way to differentiate aristotelianism from Platonism. In its place, I shall suggest that the best way to differentiate the two versions of realism from each other is by means of a far more powerful idea: naturalism. And the surprising conclusion given this means of differentiation will be that contrary to the usual proclamations, Platonism will be the more naturalistic theory, whereas aristotelianism will come to be seen for what it really is, namely, non-naturalistic
|Keywords||Universals Realism Properties Naturalism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Jiri Benovsky (2013). New Reasons to Motivate Trope Theory: Endurantism and Perdurantism. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 28 (2):223-227.
Lowell Friesen (2006). Natural Classes of Universals: Why Armstrong's Analysis Fails. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (2):285 – 296.
Javier Kalhat (2008). Structural Universals and the Principle of Uniqueness of Composition. Grazer Philosophische Studien 76 (1):57-77.
Paul Vincent Spade (2005). The Problem of Universals and Wyclif's Alleged "Ultrarealism". Vivarium 43 (1):111-123.
Paweł Rojek (2007). Podobieństwa rodzinne i konkretne uniwersalia. Filozofia Nauki 1.
Peter Forrest (2006). The Operator Theory of Instantiation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (2):213 – 228.
Javier Cumpa (2012). Observation and Interpretation: The Problem of the Problem of Universals. [REVIEW] Metaphysica 13 (2):131-143.
Paweł Rojek (2008). Three Trope Theories. Axiomathes 18 (3):359-377.
David M. Armstrong (1978). Universals and Scientific Realism: A Theory of Universals Vol. Ii. Cambridge University Press.
D. M. Armstrong (1989). Universals: An Opinionated Introduction. Westview Press.
Paul Gould (2012). The Problem of Universals, Realism, and God. Metaphysica 13 (2):183-194.
Charles Landesman (1971). The Problem of Universals. New York,Basic Books.
Added to index2010-08-24
Total downloads34 ( #42,093 of 1,004,651 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #22,116 of 1,004,651 )
How can I increase my downloads?