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Questions tagged [universals]

To be used when discussing the philosophical concept of universals.

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Can nominalist logicians reject universals but accept universal statements?

I am aware that Nominalism comes in at least two flavors, one in particular is the denial of universals. Under this paradigm of Nominalsim, is it possible for a mathematician or even a logician to be ...
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Is it possible to use Wittgenstein's family resemblance approach to universals to separate high art from commercial art?

In a previous post, I asked whether it is possible to objectively compare the quality and validity of different pieces and forms of art. In the responses I got the overall response is that there is no ...
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Can nominalists believe in their own death?

Can nominalists believe in their own death? You often hear people talk about death as nothing-ness, which suggests a universal nothing. And nominalists say that universals do not exist. Just trying ...
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Kants universalization explained, How does one universalize a thing?

I am having some doubts in understanding universalisation of maxims in Kants Categorical Imperative. For instance, one can determine whether a maxim of lying to secure a loan is moral by ...
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Can a universal law be disproved?

I need to know that a universal law like the First Law Of Motion may be disproved or not. I mean, that how can we make sure that the particular law will hold true at all places of the universe?
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Why is the third man argument seen as so decisive?

Why is the third man argument in Plato's Parmenides seen as a more or less decisive refutation of Platonic realism (Plato's theory of forms)? The argument rests on the assumption that self-...
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How is nominalism different to universalism?

I wonder how this would be best explained to the public without prior knowledge (such myself). We have on one side the contradiction between e.g. the general or abstract “(being) yellow” vs “yellow ...
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On the universal and preconception in stoic logic: the word “natural” (naturale) from Diog. L., VII, 54

Foreword: as an Italian student, I hope that I will not make many mistakes in translating the lexicon from my native language to English; sometimes this will happen, and so putting the Italian word in ...
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What have been the major achievements in the debate regarding platonism and nominalism?

I have read some of the philosophies on either side of the argument, but lack the historical overview to really get a picture of the main achievements chronologically. I'm taking nominalism to mean ...
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Forms vs. universals for Aristotle

Aristotle associates the form of the human body with the soul and often De Anima iii 5 is interpreted so that Aristotle believed the human soul to be a subsistent form, which means the soul can exist ...
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Deconstruction of Aristotle´s forms

I wonder (once more) about Aristotle form and the relation between universal concept of color and nominalism of colored things, in the light of quantum mechanics. Based on how we understand e.g. the ...
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What is the difference between “singular vs individual” and “universal vs general”?

I'm trying to understand the distinct difference between these terms, they seem very similar but there is a different pattern behind them. Could you tell me with example how do you differentiate ...
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What is Money, (not money)?

Money plays a major role in our experience and I find that very few people explore the idea of what it is. This question concerns Form. Money is any item or verifiable record that is generally ...
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What is the division of philosophical doctrines with respect to absoluteness/relativity of truth?

Right now I am listening to a talk on youtube which starts with the declaration "of course we all know truth is a relative notion". There are certainly some directions in philosophy which accept this ...