Journal of Philosophy 60 (1):5-32 (1993)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Presented here is an argument for the existence of universals. Like Church's translation- test argument, the argument turns on considerations from intensional logic. But whereas Church's argument turns on the fine-grained informational content of intensional sentences, this argument turns on the distinctive logical features of 'that'-clauses embedded within modal contexts. And unlike Church's argument, this argument applies against truth-conditions nominalism and also against conceptualism and in re realism. So if the argument is successful, it serves as a defense of full ante rem realism. The argument emphasizes the need for a unified treatment of intensional statements -- modal statements as well as statements of assertion and belief. The larger philosophical moral will be that ante rem universals are uniquely suited to carry a certain kind of modal information. Linguistic entities, mind-dependent universals, and instance-dependent universals are incapable of serving that function.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2015-12-18
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Theories of Actuality.Adams, Robert Merrihew
Property Theories.Bealer, George & Monnich, Uwe

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Deep Platonism.Carmichael, Chad
A New Framework for Conceptualism.Bengson, John; Grube, Enrico & Korman, Daniel Z.

View all 21 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
551 ( #4,661 of 40,775 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
62 ( #8,774 of 40,775 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.