Nominalism and Realism: Volume 1: Universals and Scientific Realism

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CUP Archive, 1978 - Всего страниц: 168
This is a study, in two volumes, of one of the longest-standing philosophical problems: the problem of universals. In volume I David Armstrong surveys and criticizes the main approaches and solutions to the problems that have been canvassed, rejecting the various forms of nominalism and 'Platonic' realism. In volume II he develops an important theory of his own, an objective theory of universals based not on linguistic conventions, but on the actual and potential findings of natural science. He thus reconciles a realism about qualities and relations with an empiricist epistemology. The theory allows, too, for a convincing explanation of natural laws as relations between these universals.
 

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Part Two THEORIES OF UNIVERSALS
11
Different semantic correlations between predicates
17
Concept Nominalism
25
Properties
42
Arguments for Realism
58
Transcendent universals
67
Relations
75
Properties and relations as particulars
77
The resemblance of particulars
95
The Lockean account of particulars
102
Particulars and universals
108
a new account
116
A worldhypothesis
126
of universals
133
Higherorder relations
148
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PART THREE PARTICULARS
89

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