In the famous dispute with the Nominalists
, the Realists had a good deal of reason.
This is the outcome of the Reformation's dissolution of the continuity of nature and grace under the impact of nominalist
If, however, one is a nominalist
or a nonrealist in scientific epistemology, one will hold that science is not about things but about terms, concepts, and propositions.
understood to be early Protestantism's inherently nominalist
I will avoid entering at this stage the discussion about nominalist
points in Nicholas' philosophy and will sketch briefly, taking a certain sway of nominalism in the period for granted, the outlines of its influence.
American sociology abounds in formal and nominalist
categories that are metatheoretical in nature.
How we name things for the nominalist
is arbitrary and subjective, based only on my experience and what I think objects have in common.
For example, he traces how the late medieval turn from a realist worldview to the nominalist
insistence on God's unfettered willpower, along with the new status nominalism affords to individuals as more than instantiations of the universal, seek to restore the transcendence of God and enrich the common persons devotional life.
theory is not satisfactory because even if we refrain from positing universals for most quality-words and relations-words by means of a resemblance relation to an exemplar, the predicate 'resembles' will need to refer to a universal in order for propositions in which this predicate occurs to be meaningful.
37) Previously, such vices had also been criticized in Paris by the nominalist
theologian, Jean Gerson and later, of course, by Luther who saw in scholastic theology a corruption of the Gospel because of its Aristotelian overtones.
theologians such as William of Ockham "effectively removed God from creation.
focuses, first, on four historical figures (Augustine, Aquinas, Ockham, and Alphonsus Liguori) as emblematic of key historical ages in moral theology (patristic, Scholastic, nominalist
, and casuistic).