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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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Adj.1.nominalistic - of or relating to nominalism
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Moreover, as naturalist Wilfrid Sellars claims, "a naturalist ontology must be a nominalistic ontology" (1979, 109).
a nominalistic origin that prevented them from really admitting anything
nominalistic isolationism of Ockham to the despairing and desperate
(See among others, the sophisticated introduction to his social encyclical Caritas in Veritate, aptly titled in English "On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth," June 29 2009.) As MacIntyre (2007) and others (Pinckaers, 1995) have persuasively argued, after centuries of Nominalistic bias, and therefore after centuries where moral reasoning has been replaced by moral theories, the excellence of discerning "wisely" in human matters has been replaced by poorer substitutes like competence or management.
Palkoska's discussion is informative; however, it could benefit from a greater effort to separate the historical Aristotle, who was a sense realist, from the nominalistic versions of Aristotelianism with which Descartes was familiar at La Fleche.
Burgess & Gideon Rosen, A Subject with No Object: Strategies for Nominalistic Interpretation of Mathematics 6 (1999) (observing this distinction).
"Nominalistic Adequacy," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111(2pt2): 201-217.
It should be said that this is almost the exact opposite of Weber's mostly nominalistic strategy of seeing ideal types as tools to be used by other scholars.
In his writings we see on one side a nominalistic approach, the language of contingency, and an emphasis on the individual, and on the other side an organic/essentialist view of society, the idea that industrialism is the foundational process of modern history, and the language of necessity.
(It will depend, without any justification, on the "laws of Nature and Nature's God.") In a nominalistic universe, we simply can't have both.
(40) Field then develops "nominalistic axioms" that he claims are sufficient for doing science.
implausibility of the nominalistic understanding of property as formless