The problem of universals and the limits of truth-making

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Abstract

There is no single problem of universals but a family of difficulties that treat of a variety of interwoven metaphysical, epistemological, logical and semantic themes. This makes the problem of universals resistant to canonical reduction (to a ?once-and-for-all? concern). In particular, the problem of universals cannot be reduced to the problem of supplying truth-makers for sentences that express sameness of type. This is (in part) because the conceptual distinction between numerical and qualitative identity must first be drawn before a sentence is eligible to be supplied with truth-makers. The case is made through a consideration of a recent argument by Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-37
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Papers
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002