Single Idea 8569

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

Full Idea

I suspend judgement about universals themselves; I only insist that, one way or another, their work must be done.

Gist of Idea

I suspend judgements about universals, but their work must be done


David Lewis (New work for a theory of universals [1983], 'Intro')

Book Reference

'Properties', ed/tr. Mellor,D.H. /Oliver,A [OUP 1997], p.188

A Reaction

This seems surprising (but admirable) in a great metaphysician, but I suppose it is symptomatic of the Humean approach to metaphysics. In the light of Ideas 3989 and 3990, I would have expected Lewis to deny universals. He probably did.

Related Ideas

Idea 3989 I am a reductionist about mind because I am an a priori reductionist about everything [Lewis]

Idea 3990 The whole truth supervenes on the physical truth [Lewis]