Acta Analytica

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 223–227

New Reasons to Motivate Trope Theory: Endurantism and Perdurantism

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12136-012-0166-0

Cite this article as:
Benovsky, J. Acta Anal (2013) 28: 223. doi:10.1007/s12136-012-0166-0


In this paper, I argue that (non-presentist) endurantism is incompatible with the view that properties are universals. I do so by putting forward a very simple objection that forces the endurantist to embrace tropes, rather than universals. I do not claim that this is bad news for the endurantist—trope theory seems to me by all means more appealing than universals—rather, I would like to see this result as a further motivation to embrace tropes. I then also put forward a (more controversial) reason to believe that at least some versions of perdurantism also require tropes rather than universals.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland