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Single Idea 13573

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

Full Idea

The various kinds of universals are all natural kinds of one sort or another.

Gist of Idea

Universals are all types of natural kind


Brian Ellis (Scientific Essentialism [2001], 1.01)

Book Reference

Ellis,Brian: 'Scientific Essentialism' [CUP 2007], p.19

A Reaction

This doesn't sound right. What about the universals of mathematics, or universals which are a matter of social or linguistic convention? I think Ellis is trying to hijack the word 'universal' in response to Armstrong's more idealistic account.