The alternative between a theological and an independent theory of ethics is, he holds, the alternative between ethical nominalism and realism.
Traditional, central, philosophical debates, such as those between realism and nominalism in regard to universals, are purportedly deflated by Wittgensteinian approaches.
His approach is broadly nominalistic, but Buridan's nominalism is more of a parsimonious way of doing philosophy than a doctrine about universals.
His unorthodox approach to art is part of a general approach to knowledge and reality, and is always pervasively informed by his cognitivism, nominalism , relativism, and constructivism.
William was somewhat of a minimalist in philosophy, advocating nominalism against the more popular view of realism.
His approach is broadly nominalistic , but Buridan's nominalism is more of a parsimonious way of doing philosophy than a doctrine about universals.
There are a number of philosophical positions to adopt here, and many philosophers confident in humanity's ability to seek knowledge have counted themselves as empiricists and even nominalists .
Like Ockham, he is a nominalist , although this term must be used with caution in later medieval philosophy because of the modern tendency to identify it simply with the denial of real universals.
On the whole, nominalists saw sin as a violation of divine legislation-the laws ordained by God.
Events such as these convinced many Europeans that Christianity and politics are mutually exclusive, and may have had a more direct impact on common folk than did Ockham's nominalistic turn.