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Single Idea 10318

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

Full Idea

On the traditional realist's view abstract qualities (universals) are the common referents of two quite different sorts of expression - of ordinary adjectives (predicates), and of abstract nouns referring to them.

Gist of Idea

Realists take universals to be the referrents of both adjectives and of nouns


Bob Hale (Abstract Objects [1987], Ch.2.II)

Book Reference

Hale,Bob: 'Abstract Objects' [Blackwell 1987], p.33

A Reaction

This fact alone should make us suspicious, especially as there isn't an isomorphism between the nouns and the adjectives, and the match-up will vary between languages.