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From an Ontological Point of View$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199259747.001.0001

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Imperfect Similarity

Imperfect Similarity

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(p.151) Chapter 14 Imperfect Similarity
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From an Ontological Point of View
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John Heil (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199259747.003.0014

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

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