|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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|Holz I 27
LeibnizVsNominalism: a genus has not only nominal status: there must be something real common to all individuals assigned to this genus.
Holz: thus Leibniz has moved away from the empiricist nominalist attitude.
If the general (general concepts) were nothing else than a collection of particulars, a science would not be possible by evidence.
G. W. Leibniz
Philosophical Texts (Oxford Philosophical Texts) Oxford 1998
H. H. Holz
Leibniz Frankfurt 1992