nominalism definition

  • noun:
    • Philosophy The doctrine holding that abstract concepts, basic terms, or universals haven't any separate existence but exist just as brands.
    • A doctrine that universals lack an existence except as brands for courses of concrete things.
    • The principles or philosophy for the Nominalists.
    • The doctrine that there is nothing general but names; much more especially, the doctrine that typical nouns, as man, horse, represent within their generality nothing in the real things, but are mere conveniences for talking about several things at once, or for the most part requirements of individual idea; individualism. ,
    • (philosophy) the doctrine that the different objects labeled by the exact same term have absolutely nothing in accordance but their title

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