Chapter

Imperfect Similarity

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/10.1093/0199259747.003.0014
 Imperfect Similarity

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Universals provide an explanation of similarity: similar objects share properties. Imperfect similarity among complex properties is explained by ‘partial identity’ of their constituents. What if simple properties could be imperfectly similar? This manifest possibility suggests that even proponents of universals require brute (imperfect) similarities, and a principal advantage of universals over modes evaporates.

Keywords: D. M. Armstrong; identity; imperfect similarity; mode; objective similarity; partial identity; predicate; property; similarity; trope; universal; way

Chapter.  6997 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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