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If Tropes


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 308)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Anna-Sofia Maurin
    Pages 1-7
  3. Anna-Sofia Maurin
    Pages 8-24
  4. Anna-Sofia Maurin
    Pages 25-36
  5. Anna-Sofia Maurin
    Pages 37-58
  6. Anna-Sofia Maurin
    Pages 59-116
  7. Anna-Sofia Maurin
    Pages 117-180
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-188

About this book


In the book If Tropes, the author attempts to approach and then deal with some of the most basic problems for a theory of tropes. The investigation proceeds from three basic assumptions: (i) tropes (i.e. particular properties) exist, (ii) only tropes exist (that is, tropes are the only basic or fundamental kind of entities), and (iii) the main-function for tropes is to serve as truth-makers for atomic propositions.

Provided that one accepts these assumptions the author finds that the trope-theorist will have to deal with two important matters. Some atomic propositions seem to require universal truth-makers and others seem to require concrete truth-makers. This means that universals and concrete particulars will need to be constructed from the material of tropes. Such constructions are attempted and it is argued that it is possible to deal at least with these basic issues while staying squarely within the boundaries of a purely trope-theoretical framework.

The book is written in an untechnical language but requires some prior understanding of basic metaphysics.


argue construction issue knowledge language metaphysics physics proposition science truth will

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lund UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Växjö UniversitySweden

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title If Tropes
  • Authors A-S. Maurin
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0656-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6032-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-0079-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 188
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Metaphysics
    Philosophy of Nature
    Modern Philosophy
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