Weaving a nominalist conception of nature, science and art
- Katerina Bantinaki
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Nelson Goodman’s rich philosophical work is often discussed in analytic circles but in a way that highlights its disparity rather than its unity and coherence: his epistemological claims are discussed independently of his ontological commitments, while both are mostly set aside in analyses of his aesthetic doctrines. In Nominalism and its Aftermath, Dena Shottenkirk forcefully illustrates the fact that this is not an adequate way to view Goodman’s philosophy: her meticulous analysis of the different areas of Goodman’s work shows that his nominalist ontology, set forth in The Structure of Appearance, set the framework upon which, at least 13 years later, Goodman built the rest of his philosophical edifice, thereby articulating a complex but coherent, consistent and unified philosophical system.
The central aim of Shottenkirk’s book is then to present the different aspects but also the consistency and unity of Goodman’s philosophy, i.e. the fact that his epistemology is heavily dependent ...
- Weaving a nominalist conception of nature, science and art
Volume 20, Issue 3 , pp 565-568
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- 1. Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, University of Crete, 74100, Rethymnon, Greece