The Problem of Universals in Contemporary Philosophy

2016.03.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gabriele Galluzzo and Michael J. Loux (eds.), The Problem of Universals in Contemporary Philosophy, Cambridge University Press,
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2016.03.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gabriele Galluzzo and Michael J. Loux (eds.), The Problem of Universals in Contemporary Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 229pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107100893. Reviewed by Nikk Effingham, University of Birmingham This is a collection of papers on the ontology of properties, universals, tropes, etc. All of the papers are focussed on these purely ontological matters, with no crossover into other areas. Not that this is a complaint -- all too often attempts at innovation are sourced in such impurity, shoehorning discussions about a round philosophical matter into the square hole of another. It's good, then, to see that the collection has a clear, straightforward aim at the outset which it then delivers on. There are nine papers, plus an introduction by the editors. Michael J. Loux and Peter van Inwagen write on constituent ontologies: that properties are 'constituents' of other things and that. . .

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