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Ontological Categories: Their Nature and Significance

Jan Westerhoff


The concept of an ontological category is central to metaphysics. Metaphysicians argue about which category 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, an issue which is rarely addressed. This book presents an analysis both of the use made of ontological categories in the metaphysical literature, and of various attempts at defining them. It also develops a new theory of ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, categorization, metaphysical literature, reality, concept

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285044
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285044.001.0001


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Jan Westerhoff, author
University of Oxford
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