Particulars vs. Generality

By Jaxson

  • Particulars

    In metaphysics, particulars are defined as concrete, spatiotemporal entities as opposed to abstract entities, such as properties or numbers. There are, however, theories of abstract particulars or tropes. For example, Socrates is a particular (there’s only one Socrates-the-teacher-of-Plato and one cannot make copies of him, e.g., by cloning him, without introducing new, distinct particulars). Redness, by contrast, is not a particular, because it is abstract and multiply instantiated (for example a bicycle, an apple, and a given woman’s hair can all be red).

  • Particulars (noun)

    plural of particular

  • Particulars (noun)

    The details or specifics of something.

    “The overall plan is well understood, but we still have to work out the particulars.”

  • Generality (noun)

    The quality of being general.

  • Generality (noun)

    A generalization.

    “He was very vague, speaking only in generalities.”

  • Generality (noun)

    a statement or principle having general rather than specific validity or force

    “he confined his remarks to generalities”

  • Generality (noun)

    the quality or state of being general

    “policy should be formulated at an appropriate level of generality”

  • Generality (noun)

    the majority

    “his service was better than that offered by the generality of doctors”

Oxford Dictionary

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