Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Universals: universals are expressions for what objects may have in common, e.g. a certain color. Examples for universals are redness, roundness, difference, value. The ontological status of universals as something independent of thought - that is, their existence - is controversial. Nevertheless it is undisputed that we form terms for generalization and successfully use them. See also general terms, general, generalization, ontology, existence, conceptual realism, realism, ideas, participation, sortals, conceptualism, nominalism.

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Wittgenstein/Cavell: both deny, contrary to most other philosophers, that conformity with criteria (a sign of intelligible speech) can be justified by reference to universals.
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Universals/Cavell: my knowledge of the application cannot go beyond the explanation of the respective individual case! Thus, no universal or definition can represent my knowledge as it were.
A source of the (erroneous) stimulus of universals lies in the different function of subject and predicate.


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Cav I
St. Cavell
Die Unheimlichkeit des Gewöhnlichen Frankfurt 2002


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