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Single Idea 8508

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

Full Idea

I shall divert the word 'trope' to stand for the abstract particular which is, so to speak, the occurrence of an essence.

Gist of Idea

A 'trope' is an abstract particular, the occurrence of an essence


Donald C. Williams (On the Elements of Being: I [1953], p.115)

Book Reference

'Properties', ed/tr. Mellor,D.H. /Oliver,A [OUP 1997], p.115

A Reaction

Thus tropes entered philosophical discussion. Presumably the precedent for an 'abstract particular' would be a particular occurrence of the number 7.