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George Molnar and Stephen Mumford

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204175.001.0001

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The Elements (I): Properties

The Elements (I): Properties

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(p.21) 1 The Elements (I): Properties
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George Molnar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204175.003.0002

This chapter gives a broad description of the nature of properties and explains the foundations of metaphysics. It provides general statements about properties and how they describe parts of a metaphysical environment. These properties are used to develop the theory of causal powers. The chapter also attempts to address the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of nominalism and realism, including selective realism and its properties. The chapter also introduces conceptual distinctions such as derivative-basic, first-order-higher-order, simple-complex, essential-necessary-accidental, extrinsic-intrinsic, and transferable-non-transferrable. Secondary definitions are also given.

Keywords:   properties, realism, nominalism, conceptual distinctions, powers, metaphysics, definitions, selective realism

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