David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Remember that for Ockham there is nothing in the universe that is in any way universal except a concept or word: there are no real natures shared by many things. However, things do resemble one another, some things more closely than others. So the various degrees of resemblance give a foundation in reality for our conceptual structures, such as Porphyry's tree. Now resemblance (or similitude or likeness) is a relation. If such relations are realities, then we can say that there are realities out there that correspond to our conceptual structures. But it won't surprise you to hear that Ockham denies that relations are realities out there in the world: or more exactly, he denies that relations are out there as realities additional to the things that are related. He wants to say that if Socrates is white and Plato is white then they are similar in respect of their whiteness, but their similarity is not something additional to Socrates and Plato and Socrates' whiteness and Plato's whiteness. Nothing is out there except absolute things.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Rae Langton (2000). Locke's Relations and God's Good Pleasure. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 100 (1):75–91.
Fabrizio Amerini (2005). What is Real. A Reply to Ockham's Ontological Program. Vivarium 43 (1):187-212.
Sonja Schierbaum (2011). Knowing Lions and Understanding Lion: Two Jobs for Concepts in Ockham? Vivarium 48 (3-4):327-348.
Andrew Chignell (1997). Ockham on Mind-World Relations: What Sort of Nominalism? Eidos: Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad Del Norte 14 (1):11-28.
Peter Hacker (2004). Substance: Things and Stuffs. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 78 (1):41–63.
Michael Esfeld (2004). Quantum Entanglement and a Metaphysics of Relations. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 35 (4):601-617.
Rondo Keele (2007). Can God Make a Picasso? William Ockham and Walter Chatton on Divine Power and Real Relations. Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (3):395-411.
Garry L. Hagberg (2010). The Thinker and The Draughtsman: Wittgenstein, Perspicuous Relations, and ‘Working on Oneself’. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 85 (66):67-81.
Eric Steinhart (2005). Nietzsche on Identity. Revista di Estetica 28 (1):241-256.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads13 ( #189,426 of 1,724,747 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #349,121 of 1,724,747 )
How can I increase my downloads?