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8525 | Relations need terms, so they must be second-order entities based on first-order tropes [Campbell,K] |
Full Idea: Because there cannot be relations without terms, in a meta-physic that makes first-order tropes the terms of all relations, relational tropes must belong to a second, derivative order. | |
From: Keith Campbell (The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars [1981], §8) | |
A reaction: The admission that there could be a 'derivative order' may lead to trouble for trope theory. Ostrich Nominalists could say that properties themselves are derivative second-order abstractions from indivisible particulars. Russell makes them first-order. |