Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Glen Newkirk


In tracing the heritage of the concern over the relative values of the material and the immaterial, one can see that the problem was considerably significant in Medieval thought as a great deal of the philosophical writings of the Age were dedicated to the problem of the universals. The question of whether reality existed in the form or the particular, however, was not a speculation peculiar to the Middle Ages. The academic controversy, as far as one can determine, found its germination in the Hellenic tradition of Plato and Aristotle; a brief recall of its ancient history, then, would seem to be in order.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1969 Roger M. Pierce.

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