Abstract particulars

Abstract particulars are metaphysical entities which are both abstract objects and particulars.

ExamplesEdit

Individual numbers are often classified as abstract particulars because they are neither concrete objects nor universals — they are particular things which do not themselves occur in space or time. Tropes are another example of entities cited as abstract particulars.

HistoryEdit

The concept of "abstract particularity" (German: abstrakte Besonderheit) was introduced in philosophy by G. W. F. Hegel (The Science of Logic, Volume Two, 1816).[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Science of Logic, Cambridge University Press, 2010, p. 609. See also: Richard Dien Winfield, Hegel's Science of Logic: A Critical Rethinking in Thirty Lectures, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012, p. 265.

Further readingEdit

  • Campbell, Keith, 1981. “The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars,” Midwest Studies in Philosophy 6: 477–488.
  • Stout, G. F., 1921. “The Nature of Universals and Propositions,” The Problem of Universals, ed. Charles Landesman, New York: Basic Books, 1971: 154–166.
  • Stout, G. F., 1923 “Are the Characteristics of Particular Things Universal or Particular?,” The Problem of Universals, ed. Charles Landesman, New York: Basic Books, 1971: 178–183.
  • Rosen, Gideon (2001-07-19). "Abstract objects". In Zalta, Edward N. (ed.). Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.