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How to be a Realist about Similarity: Towards a Theory of Features in Object-Oriented Philosophy
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8543-4411
2018 (English)In: Open Philosophy, E-ISSN 2543-8875, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 327-341Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay calls for an independent theory of features in object-oriented philosophy. Theories offeatures are in general motivated by at least two interconnected demands: 1) to explain why objects have thecharacteristics they have, 2) to explain how regular divisions in those characteristics can be intuited. Whilea theory of universal properties may be the most internally consistent means of addressing these demands,an object-oriented metaphysics needs to address them without a concept of shared features. This meansthat regular divisions of invariant features and our intuitions of them cannot be explained by the repetitionof self-same characteristics or natural laws. They can instead be explained by the immanent repetition ofsimilar features. However, this requires a new, radically aesthetic understanding of what it means to besimilar in the first place, one in which similarity is an emergent process rather than a state of affairs existingbetween resembling particulars.

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Warsaw, Poland: De Gruyter Open, 2018. Vol. 1, no 1, p. 327-341
Keywords [en]
universal properties, tropes, features, object-oriented ontology, similarity, aesthetics, materialism, repetition, Plato, Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, Graham Harman
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History Of Sciences and Ideas; Rhetoric
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70031OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70031DiVA, id: diva2:1267562
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved

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