Why believe in tropes?

Douglas Ehring

in Tropes

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608539
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729607 | DOI:
Why believe in tropes?

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This chapter presents an argument for the existence of tropes. It begins with a brief catalogue of previous arguments for tropes and then launches into a new argument for their existence. It is, then, argued that property motion—such as the redness of a ball moving through space—requires enduring tropes and, hence, tropes. Universals and exemplifications, and causal chains of exemplifications of universals, are insufficient to make sense of this phenomenon. The second part of this chapter addresses an objection to the possibility of enduring tropes, which is analogous to Lewis’s “temporary intrinsics” objection to enduring objects.

Keywords: Tropes; Property; Motion; Enduring; Universals; Exemplifications

Chapter.  16850 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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