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Nominalism and Realism: Volume 1 : Universals and Scientific Realism - D. M. Armstrong

Nominalism and Realism: Volume 1

Universals and Scientific Realism

Paperback Published: 8th December 1980
ISBN: 9780521280334
Number Of Pages: 168

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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.

Preliminaries
Predicates
Theories of Universals
Predicate nominalism
Concept nominalism
Class nominalism
Resemblance nominalism
Arguments for realism
Transcendent universals
Properties and relations as particulars
Particulars
Are particulars reducible to universals?
The Lockean account of particulars
Particulars and universals
A world-hypothesis
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ISBN: 9780521280334
ISBN-10: 0521280338
Series: Universals & Scientific Realism : Book 1
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 8th December 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.22

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