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How should nominalist deal with our ordinary sense of language using?

According to the entry "Metaphysics" writen by Inwagen,War and Peace is a universal,It appers in every printedmatters of War and Peace. So in nominalists' opinion it comes out that our talking of War ...
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What is the meaning of Principle C'' in Hartry Field's 'Science Without Numbers'?

For Field, the following is 'perfectly obvious', but I would like confirmation that I understand it completely. Let A be a nominalistically statable assertion. Let A* be the assertion that results by ...
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Do nominalists predicate everything equivocally?

Do nominalists predicate everything equivocally? Equivocal predication is when only the name is common between two things, for example: "bark" in tree bark and dog's bark.
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Are “univerals” created? Do they evolve?

I've come across the philosophical debate about "universals" versus "particulars". On the one hand, some believe there are no universals, only particulars (nominalists). On the other hand, there are ...
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Nominalistically Finding Radioactive Half-Life?

In Science Without Numbers by Hartry Field he talks about stating things nominalistically. What seemed obvious to me is "How would you find radioactive half-life without math?". I looked all around ...
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On the universal and preconception in stoic logic: the word “natural” (naturale) from Diog. L., VII, 54

Foreword: as an Italian student, I hope that I will not make many mistakes in translating the lexicon from my native language to English; sometimes this will happen, and so putting the Italian word in ...
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Realist vs Nominalist views of empirical data

I was recently intrigued by this passage regarding time-series data from The Grammar of Graphics, section 3.2: Among the many prevailing views of the role of empirical data in modern science, ...
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Can nominalists believe in their own death?

Can nominalists believe in their own death? You often hear people talk about death as nothing-ness, which suggests a universal nothing. And nominalists say that universals do not exist. Just trying ...
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If mathematical platonism is true, is mathematics then a discovery?

A perennial meta-mathematical question is whether mathematics is an invention or a discovery. If mathematical platonism is true, it means that mathematical concepts exist as ideas, and therefore, or ...
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What have been the major achievements in the debate regarding platonism and nominalism?

I have read some of the philosophies on either side of the argument, but lack the historical overview to really get a picture of the main achievements chronologically. I'm taking nominalism to mean ...
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Is nominalism to assert something is only what we call it?

Is the following concise definition of nominalism correct: Nominalism is to assert something is only what we call it. ? Or are there problems with it?
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How is nominalism different to universalism?

I wonder how this would be best explained to the public without prior knowledge (such myself). We have on one side the contradiction between e.g. the general or abstract “(being) yellow” vs “yellow ...
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Nominalist views and contradictions

Given a flavor of nominalism which denies that simple sentences and existential quantifiers referring to mathematical objects are literally true (pretense theory, fictionalism, figuralism, etc.), ...
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Can nominalist logicians reject universals but accept universal statements?

I am aware that Nominalism comes in at least two flavors, one in particular is the denial of universals. Under this paradigm of Nominalsim, is it possible for a mathematician or even a logician to be ...