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  1. Nominalism

    I have been recently fascinated with trying to understand what "Nominalism" is and how it affects the way that we think (and perhaps many of the assumptions of popular culture). Wikipedia seems to provide a concice summary of the basics, including a satirical illustration of it from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass - "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master — that's all." Then, in Everett Ferguson's first volume of Church History, I ran across the following summary (pg. 425): Then, in my reading of John Henry Newman, Frederick Copleston and Jaroslav Pelikan, I've found their discussions of the early church's debates about the "Logos" to seem closely related to this. Also, Richard M. Weaver and Eric Voegelin make some interesting claims about how "nominalism" is the assumption underlying much of deconstructionist and postmodern thought. Has anyone read anything helpful on this that they could recommend? It seems pretty elementary and foundational, but I really have never read or studied it before. I've asked around a little, among friends and at church, but I've only been referred to what, so far, has turned out to be kindergarten level "Christian worldview" invectives against moral relativism (which are not really enthusastic about being thoughtful or about exploring anything with any kind of depth). So I am now looking for some other intelligent discussions of Nominalism. My basic searches on google or Amazon haven't really produced much that looks promising. Can anyone help?
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