Generality

In Nils Kürbis, Bahram Assadian & Jonathan Nassim (eds.), Knowledge, Number and Reality: Encounters with the Work of Keith Hossack. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 161-176 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Hossack's 'The Metaphysics of Knowledge' develops a theory of facts, entities in which universals are combined with universals or particulars, as the foundation of his metaphysics. While Hossack argues at length that there must be negative facts, facts in which the universal 'negation' is combined with universals or particulars, his conclusion that there are also general facts, facts in which the universal 'generality' is combined with universals, is reached rather more swiftly. In this paper I present Hossack with three arguments for his conclusion. They all draw, as does Hossack's theory of facts, on views Russell expressed in various writings. Two arguments are based on Russell's explanation of universals as aspects of resemblance; the third on Russell's observation that general propositions do not follow logically from exclusively particular premises. Comparison with other metaphysics of generality show them to be wanting and Russell's and Hossack's accounts superior.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Knowing the Facts.Mark Textor - 2011 - Dialectica 65 (1):75-86.
Bergmann’s universal realism: With and without fundamental tie.Erwin Tegtmeier - 2018 - American Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2):121-130.
Wittgenstein's Theory of Quantification.T. F. Baxley - 1980 - International Logic Review 21:46.
Mathematics and Explanatory Generality.Alan Baker - 2017 - Philosophia Mathematica 25 (2):194-209.
Unlimited Possibilities.Gonçalo Santos - 2011 - In Michal Peliš & Vít Punčochář (eds.), The Logica Yearbook. College Publications.
The Metaphysics of Knowledge.Keith Hossack - 2009 - Analysis 69 (1):178-181.
Numbers and Everything.Gonçalo Santos - 2013 - Philosophia Mathematica 21 (3):297-308.

Analytics

Added to PP
2022-01-10

Downloads
279 (#69,542)

6 months
146 (#20,939)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Nils Kürbis
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

A World of States of Affairs.D. M. Armstrong - 1997 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
The Problems of Philosophy.Bertrand Russell - 1912 - Portland, OR: Home University Library.
The Philosophy of Logical Atomism.Bertrand Russell - 1940 - Open Court. Edited by David Pears.

View all 21 references / Add more references