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8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 3. Predicate Nominalism

[unversals are really just linguistic predicates]

13 ideas
Only words can be 'predicated of many'; the universality is just in its mode of signifying [Panaccio on Abelard]
Universals can't just be words, because words themselves are universals [Russell]
If we apply the same word to different things, it is only because we are willing to do so [Macdonald on Goodman]
Quine has argued that predicates do not have any ontological commitment [Armstrong on Quine]
Nominalists say predication is relations between individuals, or deny that it refers [Marcus (Barcan)]
We want to know what constituents of objects are grounds for the application of predicates [Armstrong]
Change of temperature in objects is quite independent of the predicates 'hot' and 'cold' [Armstrong]
It doesn't follow that because there is a predicate there must therefore exist a property [Armstrong]
'Predicate Nominalism' says that a 'universal' property is just a predicate applied to lots of things [Armstrong]
If properties were just the meanings of predicates, they couldn't give predicates their meaning [Mellor]
Not all predicates can be properties - 'is non-self-exemplifying', for example [Lowe]
'Is non-self-exemplifying' is a predicate which cannot denote a property (as it would be a contradiction) [Lowe]
There can be predicates with no property, and there are properties with no predicate [Moreland]