Volume 10, 1980
Ryle's Paradox and the Concept of Exemplification
Ryle's argument that exemplification cannot be a genuine relation is examined. A more formal version of the argument is first given. Two replies are then proposed each of which is sufficient to refute it. The first is that the argument contains a false premise, the second that the argument is invalid even i f this premise is granted. Some properties of exemplification are then pointed out. Last, it is shown that a Realist analysis of exemplification is not possible, hence that the concept must be taken as primitive.