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Universals Controversy in the Middle Ages
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I. The Philosophical Problem

The universals controversy concerns the nature of the general and its relationship to the particular (General/Particular). The fundamental ontological assumption that the world consists of objects with attributes is reflected in the subject-predicate structure of declarative sentences, based on the logical relationship of sin…

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Universals Controversy in the Middle Ages”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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