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Single Idea 21633

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / a. Nominalism]

Full Idea

The nominalist suspects that properties, relations and states of affairs are mere projections onto the world of our forms of speech. One source of the suspicion is a sense that we could just as well have classified things differently.

Gist of Idea

Nominalists suspect that properties etc are our projections, and could have been different


Timothy Williamson (Vagueness [1994], 9.3)

A Reaction

I know it is very wicked to say so, but I'm afraid I have some sympathy with this view. But I like the primary/secondary distinction, so there is more 'projection' in the latter case. Classification is not random; it is a response to reality.

Book Reference

Williamson,Timothy: 'Vagueness' [Routledge 1996], p.269