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This collection presents the ancient problems surrounding properties in a modern light. The volume presents the aims and methods of modern metaphysics and shows how a thorough understanding of the metaphysics of properties is crucial to most of analytic philosophy.

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Properties by D. H. Mellor (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)

About the Series: The aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editors of each volume contribute an introductory essay on the items chosen and on the questions with which they deal. A selective bibliography is appended as a guide to further reading. About this volume: When we say a certain rose is red, we seem to be attributing a property, redness, to it. But are there really such properties? If so, what are they like, how do we know about them, and how are they related to the objects which have them and the linguistic devices which we use to talk about them? This collection presents these ancient problems in a modern light. In particular, it makes accessible for the first time the most important contributions to the contemporary controversy about the nature of properties. Those new to the subject will find the clearly-written introduction, by two experts in the field, an invaluable guide to the intricacies of this debate. The volume illustrates very well the aims and methods of modern metaphysics and shows how a thorough understanding of the metaphysics of properties is crucial to most of analytic philosophy.

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About D. H. Mellor (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)


D. H. Mellor is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Darwin College. His books include The Facts of Causation (1995), Matters of Metaphysics (1991), and Real Time (1981). Alex Oliver is University Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge University, and Fellow of and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Queens College, Cambridge. He was previously Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents


Introduction ; I. Function and Concept ; II. The World of Universals ; III. On Our Knowledge of Universals ; IV. Universals ; V, On What There Is ; VI. Statements About Universals ; VII. Ostrich Nominalism or Mirage Realism? ; VIII. Against Ostrich Nominalism: A Reply to Michael Devitt ; IX. On the Elements of Being: I ; X. The Metaphysics of Abstract Particulars ; XI. Tropes ; XII. Properties ; XIII. Modal Realism at Work ; XIV. New Work For a Theory of Universals ; XV. Causality and Properties ; XVI. Properties and Predicates ; NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS ; SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX OF NAMES

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Properties by D. H. Mellor (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
D. H. Mellor (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
Oxford Readings in Philosophy
Used - Good
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Oxford University Press
1997-03-01
284
0198751761
9780198751762
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.