Nominalism and Realism: Volume 1: Universals and Scientific Realism / Edition 1

Nominalism and Realism: Volume 1: Universals and Scientific Realism / Edition 1

by D. M. Armstrong
ISBN-10:
0521280338
ISBN-13:
9780521280334
Pub. Date:
01/28/1980
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Nominalism and Realism: Volume 1: Universals and Scientific Realism / Edition 1

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780521280334
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1980
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Part I. Preliminaries: 1. Predicates; Part II. Theories of Universals: 2. Predicate nominalism; 3. Concept nominalism; 4. Class nominalism; 5. Resemblance nominalism; 6. Arguments for realism; 7. Transcendent universals; 8. Properties and relations as particulars; Part III. Particulars: 9. Are particulars reducible to universals?; 10. The Lockean account of particulars; 11. Particulars and universals; 12. A world-hypothesis.

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