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Realism and Nominalism Revisited Henry Babcock Veatch

Realism and Nominalism Revisited

Henry Babcock Veatch

Published May 14th 2014
ISBN : 9780585283616
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86 pages
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Like weights on the bar bell that I am only just working myself up to being able to lift in four sets of ten, reading this was a thought exercise that I havent quite attained the strength for.Lucid, fascinating, stretching and yet half of it was still over my head. But thats my fault, not the authors.Mental notes to pursue further:1) Extreme Realism is closer in the abstract thought world to Nominalism than I originally thought. According to Mr. Veatch, Bertrand Russell went from Extreme Realist to Nominalist while holding many of the same assumptions. Both positions exist in this strange purely theoretical thought world divorced from the reality of life.2) To argue for the existence of universal truths, one does not have to insist that the terms used to describe a truth must correspond to their own abstract existences in reality. Instead, one can admit that the language of logical propositions and arguments is simply the tool that enables us to know the existence of things in reality. There does not have to be some perfect abstract attainment of the ideal of red as a thing that exists in outside reality in order for the word red to meaningfully describe a fact about objective reality.3) There is an incoherent half-way house for those who dont want to choose between realism and nominalism. They try to distinguish what can be known by science as real and what cannot be known by science as not real. This collapses upon itself because the epistemological foundation necessary for science to exist is not reached by science. Descriptive terms cannot be wholly divorced from Logical terms because without using the logical terms the descriptive terms have no meaning. Scientific knowledge is impossible without first establishing some necessary epistemological truths about objective reality. Some truths cannot be proved by the scientific method.