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date: 20 April 2024

nominalism. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
Author(s):
E. J. LoweE. J. Lowe

Nominalism, traditionally understood, is a doctrine which denies the real existence of universals, conceived as the supposed referents of general terms like ‘red’ and ‘table’. In order to explain how and why we classify different individual things alike as being red or as being tables, nominalists appeal to particular resemblances between those things. Realists object that such an account involves tacit reliance on universals because resemblance is always similarity ... ...

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