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When we say a certain rose is red, we seem to be attributing a property, redness, to it. But are there really such properties? If so, what are they like, how do we know about them, and how are they related to the objects which have them and the linguistic devices which we use to talk about them? This collection presents these ancient problems in a modern light. In particular, it makes accessible for the first time the most important contributions to the contemporary controversy about the nature of properties. Those new to the subject will find the clearly-written introduction, by two experts in the field, an invaluable guide to the intricacies of this debate. The volume illustrates very well the aims and methods of modern metaphysics and show how a thorough understanding of the metaphysics of properties is crucial to most of analytic philosophy.

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When we say a certain rose is red, we seem to be attributing a property, redness, to it. But are there really such properties? If so, what are they like, how do we know about them, and how are they related to the objects which have them and the linguistic devices which we use to talk about them? This collection presents these ancient problems in a modern light. In particular, it makes accessible for the first time the most important contributions to the contemporary controversy about the nature of properties. Those new to the subject will find the clearly-written introduction, by two experts in the field, an invaluable guide to the intricacies of this debate. The volume illustrates very well the aims and methods of modern metaphysics and show how a thorough understanding of the metaphysics of properties is crucial to most of analytic philosophy.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [270]-274) and index.

About the Author

D. H. Mellor is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Darwin College. His books include The Facts of Causation (1995), Matters of Metaphysics (1991), and Real Time (1981).

Alex Oliver is University Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge University, and Fellow of and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Queens College, Cambridge. He was previously Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Introduction, D. H. Mellor and Alex Oliver

I. Function and Concept, Gottlob Frege

II. The World of Universals, Bertrand Russell

III. On Our Knowledge of Universals, Bertrand Russell

IV. Universals, F. P. Ramsey

V,. On What There Is, W. V. Quine

VI. Statements About Universals, Frank Jackson

VII. Ostrich Nominalism or Mirage Realism?, Michael Devitt

VIII. Against Ostrich Nominalism: A Reply to Michael Devitt, D. M. Armstrong

IX. On the Elements of Being: I, Donald C. Williams

X. The Metaphysics of Abstract Particulars, Keith Campbell

XI. Tropes, Chris Daly

XII. Properties, D. M. Armstrong

XIII. Modal Realism at Work, David Lewis

XIV. New Work For a Theory of Universals, David Lewis

XV. Causality and Properties, Sydney Shoemaker

XVI. Properties and Predicates, D. H. Mellor

Notes on the Contributors

Select Bibliography

Index of Names

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198751762
Editor:
Mellor, D. H.
Editor:
Oliver, Alex
Editor:
Mellor, D. H.
Editor:
Oliver, Alex
Author:
null, Alex
Author:
null, D. H.
Author:
Oliver, Alex
Author:
Mellor, D. H.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Ontology
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford Readings in Philosophy (Paperback)
Series Volume:
vol. 5, no 15
Publication Date:
19970508
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, line illus.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.96x5.35x.68 in. .72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , When we say a certain rose is red, we seem to be attributing a property, redness, to it. But are there really such properties? If so, what are they like, how do we know about them, and how are they related to the objects which have them and the linguistic devices which we use to talk about them? This collection presents these ancient problems in a modern light. In particular, it makes accessible for the first time the most important contributions to the contemporary controversy about the nature of properties. Those new to the subject will find the clearly-written introduction, by two experts in the field, an invaluable guide to the intricacies of this debate. The volume illustrates very well the aims and methods of modern metaphysics and show how a thorough understanding of the metaphysics of properties is crucial to most of analytic philosophy.
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