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Grazer Philosophische Studien

Volume 10, 1980

Arnold Cusmariu
Pages 65-71

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.

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