chapter  3
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PLACE’S AND ARMSTRONG’S VIEWS COMPARED AND CONTRASTED

WithD. M. Armstrong

Armstrong would like to suggest that category 3-situations-be thought of as a super-category, involving the two categories of particulars and features. (Should property and relation be thought of as sub-categories because they are different sorts of features and features form a category?) Situations, or in Armstrong’s terminology, states of affairs, are always and only a matter of a particular having a property or of two or more particulars standing in a relation. Armstrong suggests further that we have no good reason to postulate bare particulars-that is, particulars that lack properties-or to postulate properties and relations that float free of particulars, that are not features of particulars. Place may agree.