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By Alan B. Brinkley, Peter M. Burkholder, Bernard P. Dauenhauer, James K. Feibleman, Carol A. Kates, Sandra B. Rosenthal, James Leroy Smith (auth.)

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Minds and bodies, as well as properties, are composed of them and are therefore ontologically inferior to them. Contrary to what one might suppose, trope theory does not imply that it is never justifiable to say that an abstract noun, such as "gracefulness," designates a property; and the theory is therefore consistent with Part I of this paper. Indeed, although common properties do not actually, in the strictest sense, inhere in different objects, it is sometimes useful, as in Part I, to speak of properties.

Fundamentally they are whatever is not consciousness. They are whatever consciousness is or can be conscious of directly. They are the direct objects of consciousness. Thus ideas, memories, physical things, other persons and my own self all are at times objects for me. As objects, as non-subjects, they "interrupt" the unfettered movement of consciousness, forcing consiousness to "halt" before them. They segment the unitary flow of experience. The appearance of objects to consciousness is initially experienced as an obstruction to the spirit's movement.

But a universal is merely an aggregate of similar abstract particular characters (called by Williams "tropes"); it is not, in all strictness, a feature that numerically diverse objects can share. For instance, if two pictures both are yellow, the yellow of one picture is one character, and that of the other is another, even if both are of the same shade; and they can never be exactly the same entity. Moreover, an abstract noun such as "yellowness," which is sometimes said to name a literally single and common property, is actually a general term denoting a similarity-aggregate of tropes.

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