By Michael J. Loux, Thomas M. Crisp

Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction is aimed toward scholars of metaphysics who've already accomplished an introductory philosophy direction. This third edition of the successful textbook presents a clean examine key issues in metaphysics and includes two new chapters on time and causation.Wherever attainable, Loux hyperlinks modern perspectives to their classical assets within the heritage of philosophy. This re-creation additionally retains the common structure, the chapter overviews summarizing the most themes and examples to explain tough innovations.

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But, then, we have to appeal to a further universal, the exemplification of F-ness, and we have to say that the second case of attribute agreement holds among our original objects in virtue of their jointly exemplifying this second universal; but, then, we explain our second case of attribute agreement only to confront a third case, our original objects all agreeing in exemplifying the exemplification of F-ness. So we need to appeal to a third universal which will, in turn, generate still another case of attribute agreement with the resulting need for still another universal, and we are off on an endless regress through cases of attribute agreement and supporting universals.

But, then, our original sentence, (20), is true only if a new subjectpredicate sentence, (21) a exemplifies F-ness, is true, and it looks as though we have not completed our explanation of the truth of (20) until we have exhibited the ground of the truth of this new sentence. However, (21) incorporates a new predicate (‘exemplifies F-ness’) and it expresses a new universal (the exemplification of F-ness). The realist’s theory tells us that (21) can be true only if the referent of ‘a’ exemplifies the new universal.

The argument presented for the case of (1) applies here as well. ‘Courageous’ is playing a referential role in (4) no less than in (1). But what is the relation between the referents of these two occurrences of ‘courageous’? Pretty clearly, what we say about Plato when we predicate ‘courageous’ of him in (4) is precisely what we say about Socrates when we predicate ‘courageous’ of him in (1). And, according to the realist, that implies that The problem of universals I 23 whatever referential force ‘courageous’ has in (1) and (4), it is the same referential force in the two cases.

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