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Structural Universals and Formal Relations

Joan Pagès
Synthese
Vol. 131, No. 2 (May, 2002), pp. 215-221
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20117246
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

I will consider Armstrong's problems in trying to account for structural universals, i.e., a kind of complex universal whose instantiation by particulars involves different parts of those particulars instantiating several basic properties and relations, such as the property of being a molecule of methane. I present and criticise Armstrong's most recent attempt to explain structural properties by means of the identification of universals with types of states of affairs and I state my own solution to the problem by appealing to formal relations holding between particulars.

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