Properties

Paperback | March 1, 1997

EditorD. H. Mellor, Alex Oliver

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About the Series: The aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editors of each volume contribute anintroductory essay on the items chosen and on the questions with which they deal. A selective bibliography is appended as a guide to further reading. About this volume: When we say a certain rose is red, we seem to be attributing a property, redness, to it. But are there really such properties? If so, what are they like, how do we know about them, and how are they related to the objects which have them and the linguistic devices which we use to talk about them?This collection presents these ancient problems in a modern light. In particular, it makes accessible for the first time the most important contributions to the contemporary controversy about the nature of properties. Those new to the subject will find the clearly-written introduction, by twoexperts in the field, an invaluable guide to the intricacies of this debate. The volume illustrates very well the aims and methods of modern metaphysics and shows how a thorough understanding of the metaphysics of properties is crucial to most of analytic philosophy.

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When we say a certain rose is red, we seem to be attributing a property, redness, to it. But are there really such properties? If so, what are they like, how do we know about them, and how are they related to the objects which have them and the linguistic devices which we use to talk about them? This collection presents these ancient p...

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About the Series: The aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editors of each volume contribute anintroductory essay o...

D. H. Mellor is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Darwin College. His books include The Facts of Causation (1995), Matters of Metaphysics (1991), and Real Time (1981). Alex Oliver is University Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge University, and Fellow of and Director of Studies in Philo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.63 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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D. H. Mellor and Alex Oliver: IntroductionI. Gottlob Frege: Function and ConceptII. Bertrand Russell: The World of UniversalsIII. Bertrand Russell: On Our Knowledge of UniversalsIV. F. P. Ramsey: UniversalsV,. W. V. Quine: On What There IsVI. Frank Jackson: Statements About UniversalsVII. Michael Devitt: Ostrich Nominalism or Mirage Realism?VIII. D. M. Armstrong: Against Ostrich Nominalism: A Reply to Michael DevittIX. Donald C. Williams: On the Elements of Being: IX. Keith Campbell: The Metaphysics of Abstract ParticularsXI. Chris Daly: TropesXII. D. M. Armstrong: PropertiesXIII. David Lewis: Modal Realism at WorkXIV. David Lewis: New Work For a Theory of UniversalsXV. Sydney Shoemaker: Causality and PropertiesXVI. D. H. Mellor: Properties and PredicatesNotes on the ContributorsSelect BibliographyIndex of Names

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When we say a certain rose is red, we seem to be attributing a property, redness, to it. But are there really such properties? If so, what are they like, how do we know about them, and how are they related to the objects which have them and the linguistic devices which we use to talk about them? This collection presents these ancient problems in a modern light. In particular, it makes accessible for the first time the most important contributions to the contemporary controversy about the nature of properties. Those new to the subject will find the clearly-written introduction, by two experts in the field, an invaluable guide to the intricacies of this debate. The volume illustrates very well the aims and methods of modern metaphysics and show how a thorough understanding of the metaphysics of properties is crucial to most of analytic philosophy.