A Critical Introduction to Properties
A Critical Introduction to Properties (Bloomsbury, 2016)
What do blue things have in common? Or electrons? Or planets? Distinct things appear to share properties; but what are properties and what is the best philosophical account of them? A Critical Introduction to Properties introduces different ontological accounts of properties, exploring how their formulation is shaped by the explanatory demands placed upon them. This accessible introduction begins with a discussion of universals, tropes, sets and resemblance classes. It then explores issues concerning the formulation and justification of property theories that get to the heart of why a coherent theory of properties is so important to metaphysics, and to philosophy more generally.