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Single Idea 4009

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 6. Divine Morality / d. God decrees morality]

Full Idea

Late medieval nominalism defended the sovereignty of God as incompatible with there being an order in nature which by itself defined good and bad.


'Nominalists' were opponents of Plato's theory of Forms

Gist of Idea

Nominalists defended the sovereignty of God against the idea of natural existing good and evil


Charles Taylor (Sources of the Self [1989], 3.3)

Book Reference

Taylor,Charles: 'Sources of the Self' [CUP 1992], p.82

A Reaction

Part of their attack on Platonism. But what made them place such a high value on the sovereignty of God?