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A fictionalist theory of universals

Authors
  • Button, Timothy
  • Trueman, Robert
Publication Date
Feb 19, 2024
Source
UCL Discovery
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English
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Abstract

Universals are putative objects like wisdom, morality, redness, etc. Although we believe in properties (which, we argue, are not a kind of object), we do not believe in universals. However, a number of ordinary, natural language constructions seem to commit us to their existence. In this paper, we provide a fictionalist theory of universals, which allows us to speak as if universals existed, whilst denying that any really do.

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