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universalia, in rebus

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


M etaphysics [Latin, universals existing within particular things, also called in rebus universalia ] A position held by the Aristotelians about the ontological status of universals. It contrasts with the Platonist position universalia, ante rem [Latin, universals existing prior to or independently of the particular things that instantiate them, also called ante res universalia ]. It is also contrasted with post rem universalia [Latin, universals existing after or derived from particular things, also called post res universalia ], a view held by both nominalism and conceptualism. “We can adopt the view whose Latin tag is universalia in rebus, ‘universals in things’. We can think of a thing's properties as constituents of the thing and think of the properties as universals. This may have been the position of Aristotle.” D. Armstrong, Universals and Scientific Realism ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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