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8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / b. Nominalism about universals

[denial of the real existence of universals]

15 ideas
The thesis of the Form of the Good (or of anything else) is verbal and vacuous [Aristotle]
Abelard was an irrealist about virtually everything apart from concrete individuals [King,P on Abelard]
If 'animal' is wholly present in Socrates and an ass, then 'animal' is rational and irrational [King,P on Abelard]
A universal is not a real feature of objects, but only a thought-object in the mind [William of Ockham]
Universals are single things, and only universal in what they signify [William of Ockham]
The only generalities or universals are names or signs [Hobbes]
All things that exist are particulars [Locke]
Universals do not have single meaning, but attach to many different particulars [Berkeley]
No one will think of abstractions if they only have particular ideas [Berkeley]
Commitment to universals is as arbitrary or pragmatic as the adoption of a new system of bookkeeping [Quine]
There is no entity called 'redness', and that some things are red is ultimate and irreducible [Quine]
The One over Many problem (in predication terms) deserves to be neglected (by ostriches) [Lewis]
The particular/universal distinction is unhelpful clutter; we should accept 'a is F' as basic [Devitt]
Universals do not exist, but are useful inventions of the mind, involving words or ideas [Lowe]
Nominalists believe that only particulars exist [Lowe]