Nominalism in Metaphysics

[Revised entry by Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra on June 18, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Nominalism comes in at least two varieties. In one of them it is the rejection of abstract
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[Revised entry by Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra on June 18, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Nominalism comes in at least two varieties. In one of them it is the rejection of abstract objects; in the other it is the rejection of universals. Philosophers have often found it necessary to postulate either abstract objects or universals. And so Nominalism in one form or another has played a significant role in the metaphysical debate since at least the Middle Ages, when versions of the second variety of...

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