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Quasi-Universals, philosophy: quasi-Universal is an expression by D.M. Armstrong (Armstrong, “What is a Law of Nature?”, Cambridge, 1983, p. 79ff) for an artificial extension of a universal by adding an additional determination. E.g. animal or when thinking, then robot. See also universalism, nominalism, realism, extension.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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III 79/80
Quasi-universals/ particulars / Armstrong: you could say, "true" particulars do not have temporal parts - then it is necessary to introduce properties that have a time index: Quasi-U -> partic. without temporal parts: continuant
III 100
Def Quasi-Universals/Armstrong: e.g. fruit in Smith s Garden: apple or banana, then elephant or cherry then nothing ... or ... - must be introduced so that laws of nature can remain relations between universals - a qu.u. is no u. because of reference to individual cases - no particular because repeatable - need for a law - it would satify Aristotle s "predicable of many things."

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

AR II = Disp
D. M. Armstrong

Dispositions, Tim Crane, London New York 1996

D. Armstrong
What is a Law of Nature? Cambridge 1983

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