The concrete universal in the philosophy of F.H. Bradley.
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The purpose of this dissertation is to examine F. H. Bradley's development of the concept of the concrete universal and his use of that concept in ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Bradley follows Hegel in rejecting as abstractions the traditional concepts of the universal and of the particular. A concrete universal is an identity-in-difference, a unity of the particulars, conceived as a system in which the particulars exist and which is constituted by the particulars. The model for the concrete universal is the individual. In Appearance and Reality Bradley formulates a criterion of individuality: an individual is a unity which is constituted by internal differences. In Ethical Studies and in The Principles of Logic Bradley's inquiry is dominated by the notion of individuality, but that notion is not made explicit. [TRUNCATED]
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