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Single Idea 10741

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 13. Tropes / a. Nature of tropes]

Full Idea

Some trope theorists give accounts of particulars. Sets of tropes will not do because they are always abstract, but we might say that particulars are (concrete) mereological wholes of the tropes which they instantiate.

Gist of Idea

Maybe concrete particulars are mereological wholes of abstract particulars


Alex Oliver (The Metaphysics of Properties [1996], 12)

Book Reference

-: 'Mind' [-], p.35

A Reaction

Looks like a non-starter to me. How can abstract entities add up to a mereological whole which is concrete?