Abstract particulars

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Abstract particulars are metaphysical entities which are both abstract objects and particulars. Individual numbers are often classified as abstract particulars because they are neither concrete objects nor universals - they are particular things which do not themselves occur in space or time. Tropes are another example of entities cited as abstract particulars.

Further reading[edit]

  • Campbell, Keith, 1981. “The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars,” Midwest Studies in Philosophy 6: 477-488.
  • Stout, G. F., 1921. “The Nature of Universals and Propositions,” The Problem of Universals, ed. Charles Landesman, New York: Basic Books, 1971: 154-166.
    • 1923 “Are the Characteristics of Particular Things Universal or Particular?,” ibid. 178-183.
  • Abstract objects entry by Gideon Rosen in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2001-07-19