CT is a nominalist
theory, for historicism emphasizes particulars and rejects the reality of universals.
That said, the goal of the nominalist
is to offer an account of the entities that are allegedly universal, properties and relations, by appealing only to particular objects.
hold that this universal concept of "man" is not real, but that only the individual exists.
Bostock discusses the debate between nominalists
and realists with respect to universals, specifically the Berkeley-Locke controversy and Russell's regress argument.
The austere nominalist
"analysis" has the following form, then: particular individual o is P just means that o is P--nothing more than that can be said.
Of course, this means engaging with that arch nominalist
finger-poker Friedrich Nietzsche and all his marching armies of metaphors, metonyms and anthropomorphisms.
Chapter one entitled 'Realists and Nominalists
' presents his views on the dispute between realists and nominalists
that flourished most vigorously in the later Middle Ages among a number of eminent schoolmen of opposite persuasions leading to two sets of questionnaires.
Much of this grows out of his inability, as a nominalist
, to accept and appreciate the reality of groups.
Conversely, much of this constructivism, as Ian Hacking has observed, is motivated by an often unstated nominalist
legal realists reconceptualized property into both nominalist
about arithmetic would reject the inference on account of her refusal to take number talk at face value.
Connolly adapts Weber in arguing that American capitalism relies upon nominalist
theology's omnipotent god who controls history.