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Predicates and Properties

John Heil

in From an Ontological Point of View

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259747.003.0003
 Predicates and Properties

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Realists take truth seriously, but what does realism require? Misguided commitment to a certain principle, (Φ), has led philosophers down the garden path. According to (Φ) predicates applying truly to objects do so by virtue of naming properties possessed by those objects and by every object to which they would apply. I provide reasons to reject (Φ) and thus to forego the hierarchical worldview (Φ) apparently implies.

Keywords: designate; hierarchical; higher‐level; lower‐level; name; object; Picture Theory; predicate; property; realism; worldview

Chapter.  3357 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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