David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 126 (3):473 - 515 (2001)
This paper puts together an ancientand a recent approach to classificatory language, thought, and ontology.It includes on the one hand an interpretation of Aristotle's ten categories,with remarks on his first category, called (or translated as) substancein the Categories or What a thing is in the Topics. On the other hand is the ideaof domain-specific cognitive abilities urged in contemporary developmentalpsychology. Each family of ideas can be used to understand the other. Neitherthe metaphysical nor the psychological approach is intrinsically morefundamental; they complement each other. The paper incidentally clarifies distinct uses of the word category in different disciplines, and also attempts to make explicit several notions of domain. It also examines Aristotle's most exotic and least discussed categories, being-in-a-position (e.g., sitting) and having-(on) (e.g., armour). Finally the paper suggests a tentative connectionbetween Fred Sommers' theory of types and Aristotle's first category.
|Keywords||Philosophy Philosophy Epistemology Logic Metaphysics Philosophy of Language|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Antony Aumann (2014). The Relationship Between Aesthetic Value and Cognitive Value. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 72 (2):117-127.
Colin McLarty (1991). Axiomatizing a Category of Categories. Journal of Symbolic Logic 56 (4):1243-1260.
Amie Thomasson, Categories. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Jan Westerhoff (2004). The Construction of Ontological Categories. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (4):595 – 620.
Mohan Matthen (1978). The Categories and Aristotle's Ontology. Dialogue 17 (2):228-243.
Catherine Kavanagh (2005). The Influence of Maximus the Confessor on Eriugena's Treatment of Aristotle's Categories. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79 (4):567-596.
Eleanor Rosch & Carolyn B. Mervis (1975). Family Resemblances: Studies in the Internal Structure of Categories. Cognitive Psychology 7 (4):573--605.
Frans A. J. de Haas (2001). Did Plotinus and Porphyry Disagree on Aristotle's Categories? Phronesis 46 (4):492-526.
Frans A. J. De Haas (2001). Did Plotinus and Porphyry Disagree on Aristotle's "Categories"? Phronesis 46 (4):492 - 526.
Michael R. Baumer (1993). Chasing Aristotle's Categories Down the Tree of Grammar. Journal of Philosophical Research 18:341-449.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads56 ( #80,041 of 1,934,389 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #269,405 of 1,934,389 )
How can I increase my downloads?