Acquaintance with Universals

Peter Forrest 1
  • 1 School of Humanities, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2358 Australia
Peter Forrest

Abstract

In this paper I argue that the problems solved by universals require not merely that we know they exist but that we know them by acquaintance. I begin by explicating this thesis of acquaintance with universals. I then show how it solves some familiar problems. After that I reply to the objection that something weaker will do such as David Lewis’ distinction between natural and artificial classes of possibilia.

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