New work for a hierarchy of universals
John Bigelow (Monash University ), Martin Leckey (University of Melbourne)

November 16, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Logic Group, The University of Melbourne

G10
Old Quad
Parkville 3010
Australia

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John Bigelow (Monash) and Martin Leckey (Melbourne) will present "New work for a hierarchy of universals" at 11 in Old Quad G10.

Abstract: "The friend of universals may wonder whether they would be better employed not as an addition to my ontology of *possibilia* and classes, but rather as a replacement for parts of it. A fair question and an urgent one, nevertheless, not a question considered in this paper." (David Lewis, "New work for a theory of universals", Australasian Journal of Philosophy 61 (1983), pp. 343-377). By contrast, in the present paper we will look into the possibility of replacing Lewis's hierarchy of classes of *possibilia* with the ontology of a categorial hierarchy of universals: properties, properties of properties, relations among properties of properties, ... and so on.   

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