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Single Idea 8493

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

Full Idea

The two obvious methods of abolishing the distinction between particulars and universals are by holding either that universals are collections of particulars, or that particulars are collections of their qualities.

Gist of Idea

We could make universals collections of particulars, or particulars collections of their qualities


Frank P. Ramsey (Universals [1925], p.8)

Book Reference

Ramsey,Frank: 'Philosophical Papers', ed/tr. Mellor,D.H. [CUP 1990], p.8

A Reaction

Ramsey proposes an error theory, arising out of language. Quine seems to offer another attempt, making objects and predication unanalysable and basic. Abstract reference seems to make the strongest claim to separate out the universals.