Ontological Categories

Ontological Categories

by Jan Westerhoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199285047

ISBN-13: 9780199285044

Pub. Date: 01/05/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The concept of an ontological category is central to metaphysics. Metaphysicians argue about which category of existence an object should be assigned to, whether one category can be reduced to another one, or whether there might be different equally adequate systems of categorization. Answers to these questions presuppose a clear understanding of what precisely an

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Overview

The concept of an ontological category is central to metaphysics. Metaphysicians argue about which category of existence an object should be assigned to, whether one category can be reduced to another one, or whether there might be different equally adequate systems of categorization. Answers to these questions presuppose a clear understanding of what precisely an ontological category is, and Jan Westerhoff now provides the first in-depth analysis. After examining a variety of attempted definitions, he proceeds to argue for a new understanding of ontological categories, according to which they are systematizations of our knowledge of the world rather than essential characteristics of the world itself. Metaphysicians will find his work highly stimulating.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199285044
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/05/2006
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Sample cases
2. Attempted definitions
3. A world of states of affairs
4. Categories
5. Individuals and properties
6. Philosophical implications
Appendix

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