Single Idea 7717

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / b. Nominalism about universals]

Full Idea

All things that exist are particulars.

Gist of Idea

All things that exist are particulars


John Locke (Essay Conc Human Understanding (2nd Ed) [1694], 3.03.01)

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Essay Concerning Human Understanding', ed/tr. Nidditch,P.H. [OUP 1979], p.409

A Reaction

This slogan is the essence of nominalism, the denial that universals exist as well as particulars.

Related Idea

Idea 16639 Only individual bodies exist [Bacon]