Tropes as Character-Grounders

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (3):499-515 (2016)
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Robert K. Garcia
Texas A&M University
Abstract
There is a largely unrecognized ambiguity concerning the nature of a trope. Disambiguation throws into relief two fundamentally different conceptions of a trope and provides two ways to understand and develop each metaphysical theory that put tropes to use. In this paper I consider the relative merits that result from differences concerning a trope’s ability to ground the character of ordinary objects. I argue that on each conception of a trope, there are unique implications and challenges concerning character-grounding.
Keywords tropes  universals  bundle theory  objects  properties  substance  nominalism  realism
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DOI 10.1080/00048402.2015.1106567
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