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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
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A. ADJnominalista
B. Nnominalista mf
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In the famous dispute with the Nominalists, the Realists had a good deal of reason.
Yet in the history of Western ethics since at least the sixteenth century there has also been a decidedly nominalist influence.
This article proposes a new type of predicativism, which the author calls liberal predicativism, and argues both that predicativism is still a highly viable option and that his liberal version provides a sufficiently versatile and workable nominalist concept of classes for set theory.
Inequality is growing, meanwhile some people are nominalist about a world in which a handful of people hold the same wealth as half of humanity, he added.
Hume is blamed for the complete contingency and lack of connection ('distinctness') of all beings; his view leads to a denial of the existence of nature through nominalism or social constructivism: 'Humeanism is typically a nominalist position.
The "Timescape" paintings might sometimes evoke the incorporeal surfaces of Jules Olitski or even Ad Reinhardt's Black Paintings, whose colors unfold slowly from pitch-black to reveal subtle chromatic sections; their edges, however, have a more conceptual, or "nominalist," nature, as if meant to list all the colors used to realize the surface.
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.
The nominalist view of the world combined with the idea that all our knowledge comes only from our senses and that our minds at birth were nothing but a blank slate lead to empiricism.
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.