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[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / c. Nominalism about abstracta]

Full Idea

Nominalists have been very concerned to provide an account of the role of abstract singular terms (such as 'circularity').

Gist of Idea

Nominalism needs to account for abstract singular terms like 'circularity'.


Michael J. Loux (Metaphysics: contemporary introduction [1998], p.34)

Book Reference

Loux,Michael J.: 'Metaphysics: a contemporary introduction' [Routledge 2000], p.34

A Reaction

Whether this is a big problem depends on our view of abstraction. If it only consists of selecting one property of an object and reifying it, then we can give a nominalist account of properties, and the problem is solved.