Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 43, number 128, agosto 2011
Nominalismo, conceptualismo y realismo en la teoría estoica de los universales
[Nominalism, Conceptualism, and Realism in the Stoic Theory of Universals]
Ricardo Salles
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

rsalles@servidor.unam.mx

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to offer a new interpretation of the Stoic theory of universals in the light of the debate between nominalism, conceptualism and realism, and to bring out a parallel between the analysis proposed by the Stoic Chrysippus of statements whose grammatical subject is a generic term, and the analysis developed by Russell of statements such as “The current King of France is bald”. At the end of the paper, the metaphysical basis of the Stoic theory of universals is examined and a possible contradiction in it is brought out.
Keywords: Russell, Chrysippus, Zeno, Cleanthes, Longinus

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