The contemporary debate

Authored by: Fraser MacBride

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866


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Hold up your hands. Say, as you gesture with the right hand, “Here is a hand,” adding, as you gesture with the left, “Here is another hand.” Have you not thereby proved ipso facto the existence of something common to both, viz. the existence of the property being a hand? That depends upon whether the conclusion really follows from these premises – whether from the fact that two things are hands it really follows that something else exists, a common property that makes them so. 1

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