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Single Idea 18957

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / a. Nominalism]

Full Idea

Nominalists must at heart be materialists, or so it seems to me: otherwise their scruples are unintelligible.

Gist of Idea

Nominalism only makes sense if it is materialist


Hilary Putnam (Philosophy of Logic [1971], Ch.5)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Philosophy of Logic' [Routledge 1972], p.36

A Reaction

This is modern nominalism - the rejection of abstract objects. I largely plead guilty to both charges.