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Single Idea 10402

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 1. Universals]

Full Idea

The worry that a single thing could be wholly present in widely separated locations has led to trope theory, to the claim that properties are not located in their instances, or to the view that this treats universals as if they were individuals.

Gist of Idea

Various attempts are made to evade universals being wholly present in different places


Chris Swoyer (Properties [2000], 2.2)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.8

A Reaction

I find it dispiriting to come to philosophy in the late twentieth century and have to inherit such a ridiculous view as that there are things that are 'wholly present' in many places.