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Buridan’s Essentialist Nominalism

Gyula Klima

in John Buridan

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195176223
eISBN:
9780199871957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176223.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Church History

The final chapter provides a summary account of Buridan’s essentialist nominalism, showing how Buridan can successfully claim to be both a nominalist denying the existence of real shared essences and ... More


A Language With Absolute Terms

Peter Unger

in Ignorance: A Case for Scepticism

Published in print:
1978
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198244172
eISBN:
9780191711473
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198244177.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The notion of an absolute term (such as “flat”) is defined as one that denotes a limit, and contrasted with the notion of a relative term (such as “bumpy”). Since absolute terms denote limits – if ... More


Absolute Necessity and Iterated Modality

Boris Kment

in Modality and Explanatory Reasoning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199604685
eISBN:
9780191758928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604685.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Peter Unger has argued that many adjectives, e.g., “empty,” are absolute terms: one can’t call a room empty and then add that another room is even emptier. The first part of Chapter 3 argues that the ... More


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