A Neglected Aspect of Hume's Nominalism

Ruth Weintraub*

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In this paper, I point to two problems engendered by two assumptions that Hume makes. The first is his nominalism: the view that all ideas are fully determinate with respect to all the aspects that are represented in them. The second, perhaps hitherto unnoticed, is that names denote ideas. I propose some solutions, aiming to find one that is Humean.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-207
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Hume
  • Hume's fork
  • determinate ideas
  • nominalism


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