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8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / b. Nominalism about universals
The thesis of the Form of the Good (or of anything else) is verbal and vacuous [Aristotle]
     Full Idea: The thesis that there is a Form either of good or indeed of anything else is verbal and vacuous.
     From: Aristotle (Eudemian Ethics [c.333 BCE], 1217b20)
     A reaction: This is clear evidence for suggesting that Aristotle is a nominalist. Elsewhere his essentialism suggests otherwise, but clearly on grumpy days he thought that universals were mere verbal conventions.