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John Buridan

Gyula Klima


John Buridan (ca. 1300–1362) has worked out perhaps the most comprehensive account of nominalism in the history of Western thought, the philosophical doctrine according to which the only universals in reality are “names”: the common terms of our language and the common concepts of our minds. But these items are universal only in their signification; they are just as singular entities themselves as are any other items in reality. This book critically examines what is most intriguing to contemporary readers in Buridan’s medieval philosophical system: his nominalist account of the relationships a ... More

Keywords: nominalism, mental language, Ockhamism, token-based semantics, truth, logical validity, Aristotelian essentialism, skepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176223
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gyula Klima, author
Fordham University
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