- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 200 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 18mm | 240g
- Publication date: 31 March 2009
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 052128032X
- ISBN 13: 9780521280327
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: 3d.
- Sales rank: 797,198
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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Back cover copy
This is a study, in two volumes, of one of the longest-standing philosophical problems: the problem of universals. In volume II he develops an important theory of his own, an objective theory of universals based not on linguistic conventions, but on actual and potential findings on natural science.
Table of contents
The argument of Volume I; Part IV. Predicates and Universals: 13. Relations between predicates and universals; 14. Rejection of disjunctive and negative universals; 15. Acceptance of conjunctive universals; 16. The identification of universals; 17. Different semantic correlations between predicates and universals; 18. Properties; 19. Relations; Part VI. The Analysis of Resemblance: 20. The resemblance of particulars; 21. The resemblance of universals (I): criticism of received accounts; 22. The resemblance of universals (II): a new account; Part VII. Higher-Order Universals: 23. Higher-order properties; 24. Higher-order relations; Conclusion; Glossary; Indices.