In metaphysics, the problem of universals refers to the question of whether properties exist, and if so, what they are Properties are qualities or relations that two or more entities have in common. The various kinds of properties, such as qualities and relations, are referred...
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In this paper I explore the logical relationship between the question of the reality of qualia and the problem of universals. I argue that nominalism is inconsistent with the existence of qualia, and that realism either implies or makes plausible the existence of qualia. Thus, one's position on the existence of qualia is strongly constrained by one's answer to the problem of universals.