What is a Negative Property?

Philosophy 88 (1):33-54 (2013)

Abstract

This paper seeks to differentiate negative properties from positive properties, with the aim of providing the groundwork for further discussion about whether there is anything that corresponds to either of these notions. We differentiate negative and positive properties in terms of their functional role, before drawing out the metaphysical implications of proceeding in this fashion. We show that if the difference between negative and positive properties tabled here is correct, then negative properties are metaphysically contentious entities, entities that many philosophers will be unwilling to countenance

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Sam Baron
Australian Catholic University
Kristie Miller
University of Sydney
Raamy Majeed
University of Manchester

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