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A Theory of Universals: Volume 2 : Universals and Scientific Realism - D. M. Armstrong

A Theory of Universals: Volume 2

Universals and Scientific Realism

Paperback Published: 8th December 1980
ISBN: 9780521280327
Number Of Pages: 200

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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.

The argument of Volume I
Predicates and Universals
Relations between predicates and universals
Rejection of disjunctive and negative universals
Acceptance of conjunctive universals
The identification of universals
Different semantic correlations between predicates and universals
Properties
Relations
The Analysis of Resemblance
The resemblance of particulars
The resemblance of universals
criticism of received accounts
The resemblance of universals
a new account
Higher-Order Universals
Higher-order properties
Higher-order relations
Conclusion
Glossary
Indices
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ISBN: 9780521280327
ISBN-10: 052128032X
Series: Universals & Scientific Realism : Book 2
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 8th December 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.28