Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Nominalism: nominalism is the view that universals (for example, triangles, blackness) are merely artificial constructions from individual cases. The linguistic expressions are merely names for these constructs. See also universalism, conceptualism, general terms, categories, generalization, generality.

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Nominalism/Hacking: does not affect the existence, but classifying. It is not only due to our way of thinking that we distinguish between grass and straw. The boundaries are not given by nature, the categories are given by the mind, not by nature. Rorty: we cannot divide nature at the joints.- Does not deny the existence of material objects.
I 185
> Idealism: concerns the existence!
Nominalism, Traditional/Hacking: believes that categories are a product of the human mind, but not changeable. KuhnVs: even very changeable.
I 185
Nominalism/HackingVsPutnam: concerns the classification, not the objects - Idealism: concerns the objects.


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Hack I
I. Hacking
Einführung in die Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften Stuttgart 1996


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-11-24