Single Idea 7034

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 2. Need for Universals]

Full Idea

Universals can explain the one-over-many problem, and easily explain similarity relations between objects, and explain the similar behaviour of similar objects.

Gist of Idea

Universals explain one-over-many relations, and similar qualities, and similar behaviour


John Heil (From an Ontological Point of View [2003], 13.1)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'From an Ontological Point of View' [OUP 2005], p.137

A Reaction

A useful summary. If you accept it, you seem to be faced with a choice between Plato (who has universals existing independently of particulars) and Armstrong (who makes them real, but existing only in particulars).