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Donald Cary Williams (28 May 1899, Crows Landing, California – 16 January 1983, Fallbrook, California) was an American philosopher and a professor at both the University of California Los Angeles and at Harvard University (from 1939 to 1967). He advocated realism in ontology where he is best known for his expression of trope theory as the "Alphabet of Being".[1]

Williams also published a book on the problem of induction, The Ground of Induction (1947), which argued that the reliability of statistical sampling solves Hume's skepticism about induction.

Williams had both Nicholas Wolterstorff and David Lewis as graduate students.[2]

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  1. ^ Campbell, Keith; Franklin, James; Ehring, Douglas (28 January 2013). "Donald Cary Williams". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Wolterstorff, Nicholas (November 2007). "A Life in Philosophy". Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association. 81 (2). JSTOR 27653995. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Keith; Franklin, James; Ehring, Douglas (28 January 2013). "Donald Cary Williams". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 

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