Philosophers Index Abstract
- In reviewing some of the recent literature on tropes I begin with a general characterization of Anna-Sofia Maurin's book If Tropes (2002) and then turn to one of the vital problems discussed in the book and in additional new literature: Are tropes 'simple' or 'complex' entities?
- Although tropes (particular properties, individual qualities) are not newcomers in general metaphysics, but, in fact, have a long history from Aristotle to Husserl, it is only quite recently that more and more philosophers have engaged in analysing the prospects of tropes or unit attributes as fundamental entities.
- Starting in the beginning of the nineteen nineties in a more or less programmatic way, discussions have now reached a stage of refinement. Arguments focus around the more intricate problems and have gained in subtlety. This, I think, is in itself a good development, for it shows that general metaphysics or ontology is a lively and fruitful area of philosophy.
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