Single Idea 15745

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 1. Universals]

Full Idea

One and the same universal recurs; it is multiply located; it is wholly present in both instances, a shared common part whereby the two instances overlap. Being alike by sharing a universal is 'having something in common' in an absolutely literal sense.

Gist of Idea

Universals recur, are multiply located, wholly present, make things overlap, and are held in common


David Lewis (On the Plurality of Worlds [1986], 1.5)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'On the Plurality of Worlds' [Blackwell 2001], p.64

A Reaction

A helpful spelling out of the commitment involved (in Armstrong and others) in belief in universals. To me this is a convenient list of reasons why the whole proposal is nonsense. Why does Lewis take them seriously?