Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 47, number 139, abril 2015
A Plea for Concrete Universals
[Un exhorto a favor de los universales concretos]
Eduardo García-Ramírez
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

edu@filosoficas.unam.mx
Ivan Mayerhofer
Independent Researcher (Investigador independiente)
ivanm@umich.edu

Abstract: This paper is concerned with the metaphysics of created repeatable objects, such as musical works and literary fictions. In section 2 we lay out what we take to be intuitive and plausible desiderata for any theory of created repeatable objects. In sections 3 and 4 we proceed with an extended disjunctive syllogism. Created repeatable objects are either concrete universals, concrete particulars, abstract universals, or abstract particulars. We show how accounts that take them to be either one of the latter three fail egregiously. Therefore, we must take them to be concrete universals. In section 5 we offer a brief account of the metaphysical nature of concrete universals and then show how concrete universals can account for the desiderata while avoiding the objections presented against alternative theories.
Keywords: creation, repeatability, musical works, literary fictions, metaphysics

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