chapter  15
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Properties

This is why, in putting my question about what kinds there are in terms of properties, I need to mean by 'properties' what I do mean, namely real universals. And what I mean by calling universals 'real' is that they are not like facts (as opposed to facta), whose existence is a trivial definitional consequence of the truth of sentences, statements or propositions [13.2]. Universals are like real particulars, such as Queen Victoria, whose existence depends on more than the use of the name 'Queen Victoria'. Similarly, when I say that properties like masses and temperatures exist, I mean more than that concepts or predicates like 'is M kg' and 'is TOe' exist and occur in true thoughts or statements.