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Augustine and nominalism

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Augustine stands as the foundation of orthodox Christian theology in the West, a thinker with roots in Neoplatonism with which nominalism has traditionally been juxtaposed, and the great opponent of Pelagian thought that has so often been identified with nominalism. Nominalism has usually been considered a radical movement in western philosophy and theology. The label "nominalist" arose as a grammatical theory of the unity of the noun that was applied to certain problems, particularly theological problems that concerned immutability. The object of knowledge and belief was a controversial issue in the twelfth century. The context for Augustine's discussion of the object of faith is both Platonic and exegetical.

Keywords: Augustine; nominalism; Pelagian



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