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Nominalism and Contemporary Nominalism

Ontological and Epistemological Implications of the work of W.V.O. Quine and of N. Goodman


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 215)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mia Gosselin
    Pages 1-4
  3. Mia Gosselin
    Pages 5-21
  4. Mia Gosselin
    Pages 40-58
  5. Mia Gosselin
    Pages 59-78
  6. Mia Gosselin
    Pages 79-108
  7. Mia Gosselin
    Pages 109-132
  8. Mia Gosselin
    Pages 181-211
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 212-260

About this book


Though the subject of this work, "nominalism and contemporary nom­ inalism", is philosophical, it cannot be fully treated without relating it to data gathered from a great variety of domains, such as biology and more especially ethology, psychology, linguistics and neurobiology. The source of inspiration has been an academic work I wrote in order to obtain a postdoctoral degree, which is called in Belgium an "Aggregaat voor het Hoger Onderwijs" comparable to a "Habilitation" in Germany. I want to thank the National Fund of Scientific Research, which accorded me several grants and thereby enabled me to write the academic work in the first place and thereafter this book. I also want to thank Prof. SJ. Doorman (Technical University of Delft) and Prof. G. Nuchelmans (University of Leiden), who were members of the jury of the "Aggre­ gaatsthesis", presented to the Free University of Brussels in 1981 and who by their criticisms and suggestions encouraged me to write the present book, the core of which is constituted by the general ideas then formulated. I am further obliged to Mr. X, the referee who was asked by Jaakko Hintikka to read my work and who made a series of constructive remarks and recom­ mendations. My colleague Marc De Mey (University of Ghent) helped me greatly with the more formal aspects of my work and spent too much of his valuable time and energy to enable me to deliver a presentable copy. All remaining shortcomings are entirely my responsibility. I asked Prof.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nominalism and Contemporary Nominalism
  • Book Subtitle Ontological and Epistemological Implications of the work of W.V.O. Quine and of N. Goodman
  • Authors M. Gosselin
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-0904-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7453-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-2119-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 260
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Philosophy of Science
    Medieval Philosophy
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