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The lawlike dynamics of tropes : A theory of natural laws in a one-category ontology

Svensson, Staffan (2004)
Department of Philosophy
Abstract
Trope theory is a philosophy that famously ?calls for completion in a dozen directions at once.? It is my intention here to walk some way one of these, where it, prima facie, seems that this theory might be in a worse position than the theory of universals. This subject is the one of natural laws, which due to their

general nature might appear to pose a problem for any strictly particularist

ontology. However, I will argue that, despite every trope's inherent particularity, we can still infer universal laws from them, if we correctly analyze what it means to have a property. This analysis leads us to an identification of the

property-possession with the causal powers it infers. The theory is then

employed in the analysis of Newtonian... (More)
Trope theory is a philosophy that famously ?calls for completion in a dozen directions at once.? It is my intention here to walk some way one of these, where it, prima facie, seems that this theory might be in a worse position than the theory of universals. This subject is the one of natural laws, which due to their

general nature might appear to pose a problem for any strictly particularist

ontology. However, I will argue that, despite every trope's inherent particularity, we can still infer universal laws from them, if we correctly analyze what it means to have a property. This analysis leads us to an identification of the

property-possession with the causal powers it infers. The theory is then

employed in the analysis of Newtonian gravitation, in order to give a concrete example of its application. (Less)
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author
Svensson, Staffan
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Trope theory, Newton, Williams, Systematic philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, ideology, Systematisk filosofi, etik, estetik, metafysik, kunskapsteori, ideologi
language
English
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1332735
date added to LUP
2004-01-28
date last changed
2005-01-11
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  abstract     = {Trope theory is a philosophy that famously ?calls for completion in a dozen directions at once.? It is my intention here to walk some way one of these, where it, prima facie, seems that this theory might be in a worse position than the theory of universals. This subject is the one of natural laws, which due to their

general nature might appear to pose a problem for any strictly particularist

ontology. However, I will argue that, despite every trope's inherent particularity, we can still infer universal laws from them, if we correctly analyze what it means to have a property. This analysis leads us to an identification of the

property-possession with the causal powers it infers. The theory is then

employed in the analysis of Newtonian gravitation, in order to give a concrete example of its application.},
  author       = {Svensson, Staffan},
  keyword      = {Trope theory,Newton,Williams,Systematic philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, ideology,Systematisk filosofi, etik, estetik, metafysik, kunskapsteori, ideologi},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The lawlike dynamics of tropes : A theory of natural laws in a one-category ontology},
  year         = {2004},
}