Detalle Publicación

A common sense defence of Ostrich nominalism

Título de la revista: PHILOSOPHIA
ISSN: 0048-3893
Volumen: 49
Páginas: 71 - 93
Fecha de publicación: 2021
When the meta-philosophies of Nominalism and Realism are compared, it is often said that Nominalism is motivated by a methodology of ontological economy, while Realism would be motivated by an appeal to Common Sense. In this paper, I argue that this association is misguided. After briefly comparing the meta-philosophy of Common Sense and the meta-philosophy of economy, I show that the core motivation in favour of Realism relies in fact in a principle of economy which violates the methodology of Common Sense. I conclude that Common Sense philosophers should endorse Nominalism (and more precisely Ostrich Nominalism).