Single Idea 4450

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 2. Need for Universals]

Full Idea

Historically the problem of universals has mainly been about the "One over Many", which involves giving an account of the unity of natural classes.

Gist of Idea

The traditional problem of universals centres on the "One over Many", which is the unity of natural classes


J.P. Moreland (Universals [2001], Ch.1)

Book Reference

Moreland,J.P.: 'Universals' [Acumen 2001], p.1

A Reaction

This still strikes me as the main problem (rather than issues of language). If universals are not natural, they must be analysed as properties, which break down into causation, which is seen as a human convention.