The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars
Campbell (Keith)
Source: Mellor & Oliver - Properties - Oxford Readings
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  1. This paper argues that instances or cases of properties (abstract particulars) can be individuals in their own right, and that to take them as the basic category of entities leads to attractive analyses of causation1, perception, and evaluation.
  2. A first philosophy based on abstract particulars can give an elegant account of concrete individuals, and can make some progress with the classic problem of universals2.
  3. The role of space in this metaphysic is discussed, a philosophy of change sketched out, and the system recommended on the ground of its affinity with contemporary cosmology.


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