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Being, Freedom, and MethodThemes from the Philosophy of Peter van Inwagen$
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John A. Keller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198715702

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715702.001.0001

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A One Category Ontology

A One Category Ontology

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(p.32) 2 A One Category Ontology
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Being, Freedom, and Method
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L. A. Paul

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715702.003.0003

This chapter defends a one category ontology: an ontology that denies that we need more than one fundamental category to support the ontological structure of the world. One category ontologies are deeply appealing: their ontological simplicity gives them an unmatched elegance and sparseness. In the service of a one category ontology, the chapter argues for mereological bundle theory, and explores new ways in which mereological bundle theory can address concerns about the identity of indiscernibles and indiscernibility issues in quantum mechanics.

Keywords:   properties, abstracta, constituent ontology, relational ontology, mereological bundle theory, mereology, identity of indiscernibles

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