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 U - Universal


Universal: Term or idea that represents an entity that is or may be the same in different conditions or contexts.

Whether there are any universals, and if so in what sense, has been much contested over the centuries. The definition proposed seems sensible and adequate, though it does not cover in its extension all that one might expect, since, for example, electrons and atoms are universals in the defined sense, since they are supposed to be, and naturally behave as if they are, quite the same if of the same kind, apart from time and place of occurence.



See also: Nominalism, Particular


Loux, Russell, Staniland,

 Original: Oct 23, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 September 2005.   Top