Realism, Nominalism, Conceptualism
Realism, Nominalism, Conceptualism
The theories that have been proposed as solutions of the problem of universals

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  • Nominalism, Realism, Conceptualism — • The theories that have been proposed as solutions of the problem of universals Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Nominalism, Realism, Conceptualism     Nominalism, Realism, Conceptualism …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Nominalism — is a metaphysical view in philosophy according to which general or abstract terms and predicates exist, while universals or abstract objects, which are sometimes thought to correspond to these terms, do not exist.[1] Thus, there are at least two… …   Wikipedia

  • nominalism —    Nominalism is the view, opposed to realism (also called Platonism ), that universals (such as truth, beauty and goodness) do not have a mind independent existence, but are merely linguistic items. The debate between nominalism and realism… …   Christian Philosophy

  • Conceptualism, Nominalism, Realism — • The theories that have been proposed as solutions of the problem of universals Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • conceptualism —    Conceptualism is the view that universals are mental concepts of classification rather than objective realities exemplified in the world. As such, this theory takes a middle position on universals, affirming neither realism nor nominalism. The …   Christian Philosophy

  • Conceptualism — Con*cep tu*al*ism, n. (Metaph.) A theory, intermediate between realism and nominalism, that the mind has the power of forming for itself general conceptions of individual or single objects. Stewart. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conceptualism — [kən sep′cho͞o əliz΄əm] n. the doctrine, intermediate between nominalism and realism, that universals exist explicitly in the mind as concepts, and implicitly in things as shared qualities conceptualist n. conceptualistic adj …   English World dictionary

  • realism — /ree euh liz euhm/, n. 1. interest in or concern for the actual or real, as distinguished from the abstract, speculative, etc. 2. the tendency to view or represent things as they really are. 3. Fine Arts. a. treatment of forms, colors, space, etc …   Universalium

  • Conceptualism — For the postmodern art movement, see conceptual art. Conceptualism is a philosophical theory that explains universality of particulars as conceptualized frameworks situated within the thinking mind.[1] Intermediate between Nominalism and Realism …   Wikipedia

  • nominalism — nominalist, n. nominalistic, adj. nominalistically, adv. /nom euh nl iz euhm/, n. (in medieval philosophy) the doctrine that general or abstract words do not stand for objectively existing entities and that universals are no more than names… …   Universalium

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