Nominalism, Naturalism and Natural Properties
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In this chapter, I defend an austere version of nominalism, one that rejects classes, universals, tropes, states of affairs and other such metaphysical extravagances. Under pressure from Lewis and others, the austere nominalist is alleged to have diffi culties accommodating the objective fact that distinct things can be the same type of object. Eschewing universals and natural properties, it seems as though the only option open to the austere nominalist is to take sameness of type as a primitive of his system-such as charge and mass and distance. This is problematic: surely two things are the same type in virtue of the properties they instantiate.