Nominalist realism

Nicholas Jones

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This paper explores the impact of quantification into predicate position on the metaphysics of properties, arguing that two familiar debates about properties are fundamentally altered by recasting them in a second-order setting. Two theories of properties are outlined, differing over whether the existence of properties is expressed using first-order or second-order quantifiers. It is argued that the second-order theory: (a) provides good reason to regard debate about the locations of properties as contentless; (b) resolves debate about whether properties are particulars or universals in favour of universals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-835
Issue number4
Early online date20 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


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