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The Concept of Instantiation

Colin McGinn

in Truth by Analysis

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199856145
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919567 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856145.003.0012
The Concept of Instantiation

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This chapter examines whether there are other essential truths about instantiation that can be extracted by analysis. It wants to know, that is, whether this most primitive of primitives can be subjected to analytic investigation. This is therefore a study in analytic metaphysics of the most blatant and unrepentant kind: What is the metaphysics of instantiation as revealed by a priori investigation of its conceptually revealed essence? It seeks to exemplify the general methodology advocated in this book in this particular case. The aim is to discover the nature of this aspect of the real by analyzing our concepts of it—thus engaging in the very kind of philosophy defended earlier.

Keywords: instantiation; being; analytic metaphysics; analytical investigation

Chapter.  6500 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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