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Universals : An Opinionated Introduction - D. M. Armstrong


An Opinionated Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st September 1989
ISBN: 9780813307725
Number Of Pages: 163

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In this short text, a distinguished philosopher turns his attention to one of the oldest and most fundamental philosophical problems of all: How it is that we are able to sort and classify different things as being of the same natural class? Professor Armstrong carefully sets out six major theories--ancient, modern, and contemporary--and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each. Recognizing that there are no final victories or defeats in metaphysics, Armstrong nonetheless defends a traditional account of universals as the most satisfactory theory we have.This study is written for advanced students, but as Armstrong goes considerably beyond his earlier work on this topic, it will interest professional scholars as well. Carefully plotted and clearly written, "Universals" is both a paradigm of exposition and a case study on the value of careful analysis of fundamental issues in philosophy.

Prefacep. xi
The Problemp. 1
Primitive Natural Classesp. 21
Resemblance Nominalismp. 39
p. 59
Universals as Attributesp. 75
Tropesp. 113
Summing Upp. 135
Referencesp. 141
Indexp. 145
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ISBN: 9780813307725
ISBN-10: 0813307724
Series: Focus Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 163
Published: 1st September 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1