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8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 6. Mereological Nominalism

[universals are wholes, though found in parts]

5 ideas
'Red' is a single concrete object in space-time; 'red' and 'drop' are parts of a red drop [Quine]
Red is the largest red thing in the universe [Quine]
'Mereological Nominalism' sees whiteness as a huge white object consisting of all the white things [Armstrong]
'Mereological Nominalism' may work for whiteness, but it doesn't seem to work for squareness [Armstrong]
A nominalist might avoid abstract objects by just appealing to mereological sums [Reck/Price]