Chapter

Modes

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/10.1093/0199259747.003.0013
 Modes

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Suppose Locke were right: ‘All things that exist are only particulars’. Properties are modes; modes (tropes, abstract particulars), particularized ways objects are. Objects ‘share’ or possess ‘the same’ property in the way two brokers can wear the same tie to work. Objects are similar by virtue of possessing similar modes; modes are similar tout court.

Keywords: abstract particular; D. M. Armstrong; explanation; individuation; J. Locke; C. B. Martin; mode; property; similarity; sparse; trope; transcendent; universal; way

Chapter.  5413 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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