Nominalism about Properties: New Essays

2015.09.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ghislain Guigon and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (eds.), Nominalism about Properties: New Essays, Routledge, 2015, 217pp., $145.00
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2015.09.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ghislain Guigon and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (eds.), Nominalism about Properties: New Essays, Routledge, 2015, 217pp., $145.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138849938. Reviewed by Bryan Pickel, University of Edinburgh In some cases, the application of a common word to various objects lacks any foundation in the nature of the objects, as when many people share the same name. In other cases, the application seems to be explained by a similarity residing in the objects. Some figures are referred to as 'maroon' or 'hexagonal' in virtue of sharing a color or shape, respectively. Similarly, some particles are referred to as 'electrons' in virtue of deeper scientific similarities such as their charge and mass. Realists about universals hold that these similarities in nature are to be explained by a common element present in each of the objects. Thus, the maroon things are similar to each other because there is a common color. . .

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