A World of Universals
O'Leary-Hawthorne (John) & Cover (J.A.)
Source: Philosophical Studies Vol. 91, No. 3 (Sep., 1998), pp. 205-219
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    Suppose we begin by helping ourselves to a respectable posit of speculative metaphysics - immanent universals1. Immanent universals2, by contrast with Platonic universals3, are as fully present in space and time as their bearers. Moreover, they are capable of being fully present in many places at the same time; if two spheres are red, then the single immanent universal redness is in each of the spheres. This paper is aimed toward resurrecting a theory that not only accepts universals4, but makes them the sole fundamental constituents of the world - what might be called the Bundle Theory of substance. That theory receives little attention these days. But perhaps it was rejected for bad reasons, and deserves a second look. Ours is a second look.

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