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The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy

Stefano Di Bella and Tad M. Schmaltz


The ancient topic of universals was central to scholastic philosophy, which raised the question of whether universals exist as Platonic forms, as instantiated Aristotelian forms, as concepts abstracted from singular things, or as words that have universal signification. It might be thought that this question lost its importance after the decline of scholasticism in the modern period. However, the fourteen contributions to this volume indicate that the issue of universals retained its vitality in modern philosophy. Modern philosophers in fact were interested in three sets of issues concerning u ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, concepts, conceptualism, modern, nominalism, Plato, Platonism, scholasticism, universals, words

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190608040
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190608040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefano Di Bella, editor
Professor of The History of Philosophy, University of Milan

Tad M. Schmaltz, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan