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The Four-Category OntologyA Metaphysical Foundation for Natural Science$
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E. J. Lowe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199254397.001.0001

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Properties, Modes, and Universals

Properties, Modes, and Universals

(p.87) 6 Properties, Modes, and Universals
The Four-Category Ontology

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The distinction between properties and predicates, and how best to draw the distinction between universals and particulars are discussed. The notion that properties are most aptly characterized as ‘ways of being’ is defended. The need to distinguish between the formal ontological relations of instantiation and characterization is emphasized, as well as the need to distinguish both from that of exemplification. The advantages of immanent realism concerning universals over both transcendent realism and pure trope theory are explained, and two different notions of immanence are compared.

Keywords:   characterization, exemplification, immanent realism, instantiation, predicates, properties, transcendent realism, tropes, universals

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