Philosophical Studies

, Volume 105, Issue 1, pp 1–23

Privileging Properties

  • Mary Kate McGowan

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010385401071

Cite this article as:
McGowan, M.K. Philosophical Studies (2001) 105: 1. doi:10.1023/A:1010385401071


The idea that the world is human construction is fairly familiar and generally disparaged. One version of this claim is partially defendedhere. This subjectivist thesis concerns a debate about the objectivityof rightness of categorization. A problem about the discriminatoryrole of properties is both presented and motivated. The subjectivistthesis is articulated and defended against two powerful objections.Finally, this thesis is shown to be conceptually independent ofboth verificationism and empirical idealism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Kate McGowan
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWellesley CollegeWellesleyUSA