Resemblance Nominalism: A Solution to the Problem of Universals

Hardcover | July 15, 2002

byGonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

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Gardeners, poets, lovers, and philosophers are all interested in the redness of roses; but only philosophers wonder how it is that two different roses can share the same property. Are red things red because they resemble each other? Or do they resemble each other because they are red? Sincethe 1970s philosophers have tended to favour the latter view, and held that a satisfactory account of properties must involve the postulation of either universals or tropes. But Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra revives the dormant alternative theory of resemblance nominalism, showing first that it canwithstand the attacks of such eminent opponents as Goodman and Armstrong, and then that there are reasons to prefer it to its rival theories. The clarity and rigour of his arguments will challenge metaphysicians to rethink their views on properties.

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Gardeners, poets, lovers, and philosophers are all interested in the redness of roses; but only philosophers wonder how it is that two different roses can share the same property. Are red things red because they resemble each other? Or do they resemble each other because they are red? Sincethe 1970s philosophers have tended to favou...

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra is Fellow and Tutor of Philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.74 inPublished:July 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Problem of Universals: A Problem about Truthmakers2. The Explananda of the Problems of Universals3. The Many over One4. Resemblance Nominalism5. The Coextension Difficulty6. Russell's Regress7. The Resemblance Structure of Property Classes8. Goodman's Difficulties9. The Imperfect Community Difficulty10. The Companionship Difficulty11. The Mere Intersections Difficulty12. The Superiority of Resemblance NominalismAppendix: On Imperfect Communities and the Non-communities they EntailReferences, Index