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Form, Universals, and Instantiation

Graham Priest

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Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9780199688258
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191767586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688258.003.0003
Form, Universals, and Instantiation

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Aristotle held that the unity of a substance is delivered by its form. It might therefore be thought that a gluon is an Aristotelian form. In the first part of this chapter, this idea is examined and rejected. The views of the modern Aristotelians, Fine and Koslicki, on the matter are also discussed and rejected. The chapter then establishes a close connection between gluons and particular instances of forms, or tropes as they are more normally called. This connection applies to universals more generally. In virtue of this, drawing on gluon theory, a theory of universals is developed: a universal is the gluon of an appropriate bunch of tropes. An account of instantiation naturally follows: instantiation is a certain kind of identity.

Keywords: Aristotle; substance; tropes; universals; instantiation

Chapter.  4598 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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