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Single Idea 13572

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

Full Idea

Three categories of universals: 'substantive' universals have instances that are members of natural kinds of objects or substances; 'dynamic' universals are kinds of events or processes; 'property' universals are tropes of real properties or relations.

Gist of Idea

There are 'substantive' (objects of some kind), 'dynamic' (events of some kind) and 'property' universals


Brian Ellis (Scientific Essentialism [2001], 1.01)

Book Reference

Ellis,Brian: 'Scientific Essentialism' [CUP 2007], p.18

A Reaction

I would want to distinguish real properties from relations. It is important to remember that an object can traditionally instantiate a universal, and that they aren't just properties.