Nominalism and Idealism

Axiomathes 23 (2):213-234 (2013)

Abstract
The article considers, in a historical setting, the links between varieties of nominalism—the extreme nominalism of the Quine-Goodman variety and the trope nominalism current today—and types of idealism. In so doing arguments of various twentieth century figures, including Husserl, Bradley, Russell, and Sartre, as well as a contemporary attack on relations by Peter Simons are critically examined. The paper seeks to link the rejection of realism about universals with the rejection of a mind-independent “world”—in short, linking nominalism with idealism
Keywords Nominalism  Predication  Tropes  Relations  Exemplification  Complexes  Particulars  Abstraction  Universals  Bundles  Diversity  Identity
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-011-9150-3
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