Categories in an ontology of states of affairs
This chapter details the account of ontological categories. It relies on two basic notions, that of a form-set and that of a base-set. The fundamental idea is that form-sets are sets of constituents of states of affairs which have the same form: they are intersubstitutable in states of affairs. Base-sets, on the other hand, are a particular kind of form-set, namely those form-sets which can be used to construct other form-sets. Ontological categories with base-sets are identified. The idea is that collections of form-sets usually contain some redundancy, some sets which, were they deleted, could immediately be reinstated by constructing them from other form-sets. Only those form-sets which are employed in such a construction constitute the actual core of the collection of form-sets.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.