Single Idea 8523

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 13. Tropes / a. Nature of tropes]

Full Idea

The 'problem of imperfect community' cannot arise where our resemblance sets are sets of tropes. Tropes, by their very nature and mode of differentiation can only resemble in one respect.

Clarification

See Idea 7957 for Goodman's problem of Imperfect Community

Gist of Idea

Tropes solve the Imperfect Community problem, as they can only resemble in one respect

Source

Keith Campbell (The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars [1981], 6)

Book Reference

'Properties', ed/tr. Mellor,D.H. /Oliver,A [OUP 1997], p.135


A Reaction

You arrive at very different accounts of what resemblance means according to how you express the problem verbally. We can only find a solution through thinking which transcends language. Heresy!

Related Idea

Idea 7957 Without respects of resemblance, we would collect blue book, blue pen, red pen, red clock together [Goodman, by Macdonald,C]