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1. Origin and Nature of Nominalism

The original use of the term “nominalism” was in the context of disputes in medieval Scholasticism about the metaphysical status of universals and about the epistemological status of universal terms and their correlative concepts. Issues raised there are perennial ones that also played a part in philosophical debates both before and after the scholastic era, though they are not always d…

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Knuuttila, Simo and Brown, Robert F., “Nominalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 13 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N235>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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