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The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy

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2018.01.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steffano Di Bella and Tad M. Schmaltz (eds.), The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 352pp., $99.00, ISBN 9780190608040. Reviewed by Benjamin Hill, Western University There was a time, not long ago, when no one would have dared publish a book on early modern treatments of the problem of universals. "The early moderns never considered the problem of universals! They were epistemologists, not metaphysicians. They were the ones who rid philosophy of extravagancies and pseudo-problems such as universals. Hume, remember, nicely expressed their hostility toward such abstruse things: 'When we run over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental. . .

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