Scholasticism in the eleventh and twelfth centuries was chiefly occupied in a quarrel about nominalism and Realism.
There is more, however, in Hobbes, than the paradox of nominalism.
In 1339 Occams books were put under a ban and nominalism solemnly condemned.
Yet what could nominalism do for theology, or for clerical schools?
Rosmini, in an elaborate criticism, complains that Stewart did not perceive the inevitable tendency of nominalism to materialism.
And these ideas, which constitute reality, are names, as nominalism showed.
Ockham in particular falls very short of what I had expected; and his nominalism is strangely different from that of Berkeley.
It is the first protest of nominalism against the doctrine of an extreme Realism.
The system, if it were to be classed under the old metaphysical divisions, was one of nominalism.
This extreme of nominalism for which predication is impossible is, however, compromised by two concessions.