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Nominalism
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I. Concept

The term “nominalism” is primarily related to a discussion that belongs specifically to the medieval period in philosophy. In contrast with realism, the nominalist position is that what gives meaning to a concept does not consist in a “real” being antecedent to thought, but is a product of perception, and thus a “name.” The source and starting-point of this difference between nominalism and realism, which determined the universals controversy in the Middle Ages, was Boethius’s commentar…

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Kreuzer, Johann, “Nominalism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024124>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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