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n. Philosophy
The doctrine holding that abstract concepts, general terms, or universals have no independent existence but exist only as names.

nom′i·nal·ist n.
nom′i·nal·is′tic adj.
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Noun1.nominalist - a philosopher who has adopted the doctrine of nominalism
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy


A. ADJnominalista
B. Nnominalista mf
References in classic literature ?
In the famous dispute with the Nominalists, the Realists had a good deal of reason.
Among their topics are Aeneas Sylvius Picolomini and Leonardo Bruni's translation of Aristotle's Politics, the Byzantine social elite and the market economy from the 11th to the middle 15th century, Renaissance sources in medieval mirrors for princes: Petrarch and Andreas Pannonius, the quest for certainty in fact and faith: Pierre-Daniel Huet and Josephus' Testimonium Flavianum, the reception of Xenophanes' B34 in heathen and Christian antiquity and its sequel in Byzantine thought, and notes from a nominalist in a new incunabulum by Symphorien Champier.
However, since we are considering views that take repeatable objects to be concrete particulars (not universals), it is necessary to give a nominalist account of properties.
How we name things for the nominalist is arbitrary and subjective, based only on my experience and what I think objects have in common.
Winkler (1993), Hans Mommsen (1996), and Eric Weitz (2007)--the editors espouse in their concise introduction a nominalist approach within certain limits: While eschewing any type of political meta-narrative and advocating radical openness to diversity, disunity, and the epoch's multiple temporalities, the authors of this intellectual history want to remain conscious of Weimar's unifying patterns of contemporaneous self-diagnoses.
The nominalist 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.
The purpose of this paper is to delineate the three basic and exhaustive nominalist analyses of an entity being charactered.
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).
The book, however, does not provide compelling evidence of direct nominalist influence on Molina.
Many have argued that our dexterous human hand is intimately tied to our dexterous human mind: a pragmatic and evolutionary version of mind as doing and becoming which Tyler's arguments will broadly support; as with anyone taking ecology, evolution and our biological confraternity with other species seriously, Tyler is out to argue against the nominalist idea that reality is an unknowable thing in itself which is clothed in human fictions.
For the Nominalist camp, abstractions are posterior to individual things, being ideas derived from them; for the realists they are in some sense anterior to them.
Leeds shows that Mair was far from a strict nominalist and points out the Aristotelian universals that pervade Mair's work, especially the concept of corpus mysticum, meaning (in Mair) the corporate collective of king and people.