Categories and levels of reality

Axiomathes 19 (2):179-191 (2009)

Jorge J. E. Gracia
State University of New York, Buffalo
The discussion of the relation of levels of reality to categories is important because categories have often been interpreted as constituting levels of reality. This article explores whether this view is correct, and argues it is not. Categories as such should not be understood to constitute levels of reality, although particular categories may. The article begins with a discussion of levels of reality and then turns to specific questions about categories and how they are related to these levels.
Keywords Category  Levels of reality  Mental  Physical  Possible  Actual  Potential  Imaginary  Apparent  Realism  Universals  Knowledge  Metaphysics  Existence  Reality of categories  Neutralism
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-009-9058-3
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