Single Idea 4468

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 4. Uninstantiated Universals]

Full Idea

Many properties (being even) and relations (musical intervals, being a father) are such that it is not clear what it would mean to take them as natural things existing in space.

Gist of Idea

How could 'being even', or 'being a father', or a musical interval, exist naturally in space?


J.P. Moreland (Universals [2001], Ch.4)

Book Reference

Moreland,J.P.: 'Universals' [Acumen 2001], p.89

A Reaction

'Being even' certainly seems to be a property, and it is a struggle to see how it could exist in space, unless it is a set of actual or potential brain states.