Re-clothing moreland-style bare particulars

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Non-trope theoretic traditional bare particularism conceives of ordinary concrete particulars as complex wholes constituted by universals and a ‘bare particular’: a proper-tyless, non-repeatable entity which functions as property-bearer and individuator of the ordinary, ‘thick’ particular. Sellars-type objections to traditional bare particularism claim traditional bare particularism to involve the contradictory proposition that bare particulars have no properties and yet exemplify properties. Moreland-style bare particularism is a new version of bare particularism which aims to block Sellars-type objections by distin-guishing between two types of property exemplification and refining thereby the sense in which bare particulars are said to have no properties. In this paper, (i) I present this new strategy for bare particularism, (ii) set out a version of the Sellars-type objection which, it is argued, applies no less to old bare particularism than to Moreland-style bare particular-ism, (iii) elaborate two possible replies to this version, and (iv) show that neither of them is persuasive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-59
Number of pages19
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bare Particulars
  • Constituent Ontologies
  • Property Exemplification (Types of)
  • Universals


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