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From an Ontological Point of View$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199259747.001.0001

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(p.137) Chapter 13 Modes
From an Ontological Point of View

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Suppose Locke were right: ‘All things that exist are only particulars’. Properties are modes; modes (tropes, abstract particulars), particularized ways objects are. Objects ‘share’ or possess ‘the same’ property in the way two brokers can wear the same tie to work. Objects are similar by virtue of possessing similar modes; modes are similar tout court.

Keywords:   abstract particular, D. M. Armstrong, explanation, individuation, J. Locke, C. B. Martin, mode, property, similarity, sparse, trope, transcendent, universal, way

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