Title

A Realist, Conceptualist, and Nominalist Walk into a Bar...

Date

6-1-2017 2:00 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 2:30 PM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy, Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ryan Hickerson

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to advance the nominalist view of universals by William of Ockham while disproving the realist claims made by John Duns Scotus and the conceptualist views of Peter Abelard. Realism is the view that there are universals that are distinguished by the objects that represent them. One objection is that everything exists and represents in and for itself. Conceptualism inserts the notion that universal categories exist but only in our minds. This turns out to be contradictory. The nominalist view is that universals are words.

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Jun 1st, 2:00 PM Jun 1st, 2:30 PM

A Realist, Conceptualist, and Nominalist Walk into a Bar...

WUC Calapooia Room

The purpose of this paper is to advance the nominalist view of universals by William of Ockham while disproving the realist claims made by John Duns Scotus and the conceptualist views of Peter Abelard. Realism is the view that there are universals that are distinguished by the objects that represent them. One objection is that everything exists and represents in and for itself. Conceptualism inserts the notion that universal categories exist but only in our minds. This turns out to be contradictory. The nominalist view is that universals are words.