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Single Idea 10744

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / a. Nominalism]

Full Idea

We can say that 'Harvard-nominalism' is the thesis that there are no abstract objects, 'Oz-nominalism' that there are no universals, and Goodman's nominalism rejects entities, such as sets, which fail to obey a certain principle of composition.

Gist of Idea

Nominalism can reject abstractions, or universals, or sets


Alex Oliver (The Metaphysics of Properties [1996], 15 n46)

Book Reference

-: 'Mind' [-], p.44

A Reaction

Personally I'm a Goodman-Harvard-Oz nominalist. What are you rebelling against? What have you got? We've been mesmerized by the workings of our own minds, which are trying to grapple with a purely physical world.