<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Alexander (Ronald) - The Supervenient Self and Its Relationship to Tropes (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6117.htm">The Supervenient Self and Its Relationship to Tropes</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/A/Author_Alexander (Ronald).htm">Alexander (Ronald)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Alexander (Ronald) - The Self, Supervenience and Personal Identity, 1997, Chapter 4</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6117.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperCitings_6117.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6117_1">Abstract</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6117_1"></A></u> <FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In Part I of Chapter IV, I take a brief look at the work of George Stout and Donald Williams, two of the twentieth century's early proponents of abstract particulars. In doing so, however, my method is dialectical rather than merely expository. One of the major issues confronting the defender of abstract particulars is the necessity of the use of 'resemblance' in his/her interpretation of '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1008.htm">universals</A><SUP>2</SUP>'. Thus, a worthy opponent of resemblance is Panayot Butchvarov, and I must counter his objections to a sufficient degree that the plausibility of the use of resemblance in respect to the classification of properties is defended against the concept of identity. </li><li>In Part II of Chapter IV, I defend the metaphysical nature of the self treated as a supervenient trope. Both Butchvarov and Keith Campbell provide useful contributions to this concept of the self, but both also raise serious questions about <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1263.htm">supervenience</A><SUP>3</SUP> that demand a response before I can continue the analysis of the self. Butchvarov's 'cluster of qualities' notion and Campbell's 'tropes' provide support for my understanding of the self as a supervenient property. Yet, both philosophers are somewhat dubious about the necessity of appealing to the concept of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1263.htm">supervenience</A><SUP>4</SUP> in order to undertake an adequate analysis of abstract properties. I try to show that the dynamics of the self as a trope do not fit the traditional understanding of properties and that <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1263.htm">supervenience</A><SUP>5</SUP> provides the proper conceptual vehicle for these dynamics. As will be seen, I cannot simply treat the self as an abstract property or universal per se inasmuch as any self has a uniqueness that would be lost if treated as a universal. </FONT></li></ol><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Photocopy of complete Book filed in <a name="6"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1188.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 01 (A)</A>".<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P6117_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6117_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6114.htm">Alexander (Ronald) - The Self, Supervenience and Personal Identity: Introduction</A>", p. 3. <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:42" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:42:09</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>