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The Physical Basis of Predication : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - Andrew Newman

The Physical Basis of Predication

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 30th October 1992
ISBN: 9780521411318
Number Of Pages: 288

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This is a book about some of the basic concepts of metaphysics: universals, particulars, causality, and possibility. Its aim is to give an account of the real constituents of the world. The author defends a realistic view of universals, characterizing the notion of universal by considering language and logic, possibility, hierarchies of universals, and causation. On the other hand, he argues that logic and language are not reliable guides to the nature of reality. All assertions and predications about the natural world are ultimately founded on "basic universals," which are the fundamental type of universal and central to causation. A distinction is drawn between unified particulars (which have a natural principle of unity) and arbitrary particulars (which lack such a principle); unified particulars are the terms of causal relations and thus real constituents of the world. Arbitrary particulars such as events, states of affairs, and sets have no ontological significance.

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"Newman's presentation of his own theory is thorough and solidly argued, and his criticisms of rival doctrines are generally quite persuasive." Review of Metaphysics "Throughout, the book is very clearly written, and shows an impressive grasp of the relevant literature." Sydney Shoemaker, Cornell University

Acknowledgements
Introduction
æReal constituents of the worldÆ
What can logic and language tell us about reality?
The æexistenceÆ of universals and the notion of possibility
The causal significance of basic attributes
Hierarchies of universals
Causal relations
Arbitrary particulars and unified particulars
Further considerations concerning the causal relation
Arbitrary particulars and physical objects
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521411318
ISBN-10: 0521411319
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th October 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.51

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