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Autor: Jan Westerhoff
ISBN-13: 9780199285044
Einband: Buch
Seiten: 276
Gewicht: 499 g
Format: 216x140x19 mm
Sprache: Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum: 01.01.2006

Ontological Categories

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Presents an analysis both of the use made of ontological categories in the metaphysical literature, and of various attempts at defining them. This book also develops a theory of ontological categories, which implies that the ontological category an object belongs to is not an essential property of that object. It is useful for metaphysicians.
Introduction; 1. Sample cases; 2. Attempted definitions; 3. A world of states of affairs; 4. Categories; 5. Individuals and properties; 6. Philosophical implications; Appendix
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 avariety 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

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Autor: Jan Westerhoff
ISBN-13:: 9780199285044
ISBN: 0199285047
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.01.2006
Gewicht: 499g
Seiten: 276
Sprache: Englisch
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