nominalism
The belief that though abstract terms (i.e. universals) do exist in thought or as names, corresponding abstract objects do not exist in reality.

For example, though we can conceive of a universal that we call the horse, this mental entity does not exist outside of our minds — in the real world there are only individual horses.

Notes
1. According to IF Stone, Antisthenes was propably the first person to raise this criticism of the Platonic Forms.
Categories: metaphysics



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