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The Universe As We Find It$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596201.001.0001

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(p.84) Chapter 5 Universals
The Universe As We Find It

John Heil

Oxford University Press

This chapter defends the view that properties are modes. The historical standing of universals is addressed and determined to be the minority view. D.C. Williams’s use of the term ‘trope’ is discussed, and considerations favoring the traditional ‘mode’ over ‘trope’ advanced, followed by an account of Williams’s ‘painless realism’ concerning universals: any particular property can be considered as a way something else might be. This allows for talk about universals without requiring the postulation of general or universal entities: the universe is a universe of particulars. The chapter concludes with some historical reflections on Santayana, Williams, and David Lewis.

Keywords:   property, universal, mode, trope, way, painless realism, Williams, Santayana, Lewis

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