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  1. Depends on the school of philosophy. For dialectical materialism, for example, this is a question of the relationship between the particular and the general. In this sense, one cannot exist without the other, but both exist objectively. That is, if all people on earth disappear (and, accordingly, the mind disappears), the universals will still remain, because the tiger is not this particular tiger at all. Only now there will be no one to comprehend it.

    But, for example, Avallak'h from The Witcher here speaks from the position of vulgar materialism. The level of his reasoning is France, XVIII century.

  2. Universals a priori can not be the embodiment of any particular thing, they are transcendental in nature, that is, unknowable, like the world of Plato's ideas.

    It is also unclear about the products of reason, because if this category itself is meant, then it, like everything that exists, is also a product of reason.

    If you change the question, they say, whether universals can materialize, then most likely not, because for me they are only a category of designations, such as the name of a subgroup of objects, folders with other folders in which there are still a bunch of the same folders, they can only materialize as a word on paper, something denoting, as part of the language.

    Something like examples:

    You can safely call a house a house, and another house too, but from this they will not become the same house, you just understood what this box of bricks or something is, because you had experience of a house before, that is, if a person who has never learned this word sees that very house, for him it will be a pile of stones in which someone lives,

    There are two chairs. One with four legs and a straight back, the other with three legs and a curved back, but you don't call them by different names, for you they are both chairs, because the idea of a chair is the same, and it is in your head, you can not call one chair a chair and the other a chair2, because they have a common idea, a universal

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