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.

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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