Universals, Concepts and Qualities: New Essays on the Meaning of Predicates

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P. F. Strawson, Arindam Chakrabarti
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Philosophy - 324 pages
Are there universal properties grounding our sense of resemblance or qualitative identity among a number of distinct things or events which appear to form a class, a type or a kind of some other sort? Do universals such as humanness, triangularity, or being an Oak exist? Is being a laptop computer a universal, which has only recently come into existence? Do predicate expressions, adjectives or abstract nouns refer to objective properties or cognitive contents called concepts? The problem of universals has been at the centre of ancient, medieval, Western, and Indian metaphysics. After the logico-linguistic turn in philosophy, this problem re-surfaced in the discourse on the meaning of predicate expressions on the one hand and in the theories of concepts on the other.
 

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Contents

Strawson on Universals
17
Pranab Kumar
49
An Examination of P K Sens Theory
67
Buddhist Nominalism and Desert Ornithology
91
The First Thousand Years After Plato
105
Conceptualism
127
The Concept Horse
155
Ramseys Scepticism
177
How Not to Trivialize the Identity of Indiscernibles
205
Universals and the Defence of Ante Rem Realism
225
Particulars Have Their Properties of Necessity
239
Properties in Abundance
249
A Category of Particulars
301
On Perceiving Properties
309
Index
319
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P.F. Strawson was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Magdalen College and University College, Oxford, UK. Arindam Chakrabarti is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

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