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, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 213-234

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Nominalism and Idealism

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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.


Nominalism Predication Tropes Relations Exemplification Complexes Particulars Abstraction Universals Bundles Diversity Identity