Philosophical Studies

, Volume 157, Issue 3, pp 361–382

Resemblance theories of properties



The paper aims to develop a resemblance theory of properties that technically improves on past versions. The theory is based on a comparative resemblance predicate. In combination with other resources, it solves the various technical problems besetting resemblance nominalism. The paper’s second main aim is to indicate that previously proposed resemblance theories that solve the technical problems, including the comparative theory, are nominalistically unacceptable and have controversial philosophical commitments.


Resemblance nominalism Properties Comparative resemblance predicate Coextension problem Imperfect community problem Companionship problem Mere intersections problem 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wadham CollegeOxford UniversityOxfordUK

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