The Location of Properties

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Abstract

This paper argues that, assuming properties exist and must be located in spacetime, the prevailing view that they are exactly located where their instances are is false. Instead a property is singularly located at just one region, namely the union of its instance's locations. This bears not just on issues in the metaphysics of properties, but also on the debate over whether multi-location is conceivable and/or possible (and, by proxy, any theory that relies on that e.g. certain formulations of endurantism/perdurantism).

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846–866
JournalNoûs
Volume49
Issue number4
Early online date28 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015