He concludes that the genera and species exist as universals only in thought; but, inasmuch as they are collected from singulars on account of a real resemblance, they have a certain existence independently of the mind, but not an existence disjoined from the singulars of sense.
It is no more than a " mental concept signifying univocally several singulars."
It is a natural sign representing these singulars, but it has no reality beyond that of the mental act by which it is produced and that of the singulars of which it is predicated.
And in a similar spirit he explains the universalia ante rem as being, not substantial existences in God, but simply God's knowledge of things - a knowledge which is not of universals but of singulars, since these alone exist realiter.
He had distinguished the universal essence in its abstract nature, from the universal considered in relation to a number of singulars.
They denied the particular providence of God, because knowledge in the divine sphere did not descend to singulars.
abstractive human mind from experiences of singulars.
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