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A fictionalist theory of universals

Button, Timothy; Trueman, Robert; (2024) A fictionalist theory of universals. In: Fritz, Peter and Jones, Nicholas K, (eds.) Higher-Order Metaphysics. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Universals are putative objects like wisdom, morality, redness, etc. Although we believe in properties (which, we argue, are not a kind of object), we do not believe in universals. However, a number of ordinary, natural language constructions seem to commit us to their existence. In this paper, we provide a fictionalist theory of universals, which allows us to speak as if universals existed, whilst denying that any really do.

Type: Book chapter
Title: A fictionalist theory of universals
ISBN-13: 9780197548561
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
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Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Fregean realism, Higher-order realism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159717
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