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Questions tagged [properties]

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How are properties recognized if they are?

Recently I thought about how sometimes objects can have several different parameters assigned to the single property and other-times not. For Example: When we say that object is green and big no ...
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Is anything objectively great?

Can we say that anything is objectively good or bad? I'm not talking about morality here, I'm talking about properties. This primarily concerns the Ontological Argument for the existence of God, ...
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What is Plantinga's “trivial property”?

I have seen the term "trivial property" used several times, and some authors seem to be attributing it to Plantinga, but I cannot find his definition. I have seen others define it as a property ...
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Are any of the following considered properties? If so, what kind of properties are they?

Suppose Archie is the tallest man in Antarctica. Can Archie be said to have the property of being the tallest man in Antarctica? Now suppose Archie tries to lift a crate of penguin eggs and finds it ...
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How can one say that only matter exists without presupposing the idea of existence/being?

I am having some troubles with the whole notion of materialism which states that only matter exists. Doesn't stating that something exists presuppose the idea of existence/being, and therefore that ...
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Can we really attribute property P to an object with multiple parts which differ with respect to P?

So I've got myself into a tangle with properties. I have quite a strong intuition about something, but a few have told me it's wrong. I'm hoping that either (i) my view is less controversial than they ...
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What are some current debates in metaphysics today?

What are some current debates in metaphysics today? I would be very interested to hear what the very most recent debates in this field focus on, what's hot, or whether some new views have emerged or a ...
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Are Concepts Colorless?

Consider the concept of green and the color green. Is it right to say that the concept of green is also green? I would think not, since the concept merely reports what the color green is like. It ...
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What are external properties?

According to the Wikipedia article on extensionality, In logic, extensionality, or extensional equality, refers to principles that judge objects to be equal if they have the same external ...
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Under moderate realism, what is considered the reason for similarity?

Moderate realism is a position on universals that holds the 'universality' of universals to be an aspect of universals that is added on by the mind in concepts through abstraction, and that '...
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Why is the problem of universals a problem?

Philosopher Gonzago Rodriguez-Pereyra defines the very old and well-known "Problem of Universals" thusly: But what then is the Problem of Universals? As I said, it is usually taken to be the ...
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What are the properties of Mathematical Objects?

I have been thinking a lot about how one knows when an observation contains mathematical elements. Many years ago when I was in school, I found that there was often little time taken out to discuss ...
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Could Science and Philosophy be focused too much on physical states and not enough on dynamic processes? [closed]

Many times I've read about machines or processes being described as a collection of only physical states and not as a set of 'interacting' processes. A physical STATE is not a process which might have ...
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What if we could only “surmount” propositions with lower order properties as their object

This link nicely explains the difference between lower order and higher order properties First-order properties and relations are those that can only be instantiated by individuals. For example, ...