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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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Predicates and Properties

Predicates and Properties

(p.22) Chapter 3 Predicates and Properties
From an Ontological Point of View

John Heil (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Realists take truth seriously, but what does realism require? Misguided commitment to a certain principle, (Φ), has led philosophers down the garden path. According to (Φ) predicates applying truly to objects do so by virtue of naming properties possessed by those objects and by every object to which they would apply. I provide reasons to reject (Φ) and thus to forego the hierarchical worldview (Φ) apparently implies.

Keywords:   designate, hierarchical, higher‐level, lower‐level, name, object, Picture Theory, predicate, property, realism, worldview

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