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Posted inPhilosophy

Platonism is vacuous

Reading Time: 3 minutes Abstract ideas are, in my humblest of opinions, the source of the most important arguments in philosophy. The ontology (the nature of the existence) of abstract objects underwrites all other philosophy from morality to mathematics, aesthetics to personhood. You can’t make serious claims about these latter ideas without first understanding the impact of the former. […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Luke Breuer Takes on Conceptual Nominalism

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have a long history in my writing and philosophy here and elsewhere of adhering to a position called “conceptual nominalism”. If you want more details, check out: Philosophy 101 (philpapers induced) #2 – Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism The Pertinence of Nominalism to Religious and Philosophical Debates Natural Law, Essentialism and Nominalism Today, responding […]

Posted inGeneral

The Second Amendment and Rights

Reading Time: 12 minutes A thread has recently exploded when I posted about the Second Amendment and drawing the line between acceptable and unacceptable weaponry. On the thread, one particularly obvious common denominator sprung up with all of the gun advocates, the idea of “rights”: A right is no less a right just because time goes by and technology […]

Posted inEthics, Religion

Natural Law, Essentialism and Nominalism

Reading Time: 6 minutes I have said this many times before in different ways and as part of different posts, but I thought I would explicitly make this point on its own. Natural Law Theory and the essentialism upon which it depends, as part of a Thomistic/Catholic philosophy, depends on the negation of nominalism, and depends on the clarity […]

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