Bundle Theory with Kinds

Philosophical Quarterly 69 (277):838-857 (2019)

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Tuomas E. Tahko
Bristol University
Markku Keinänen
Tampere University
Abstract
Is it possible to get by with just one ontological category? We evaluate L.A. Paul's attempt to do so: the mereological bundle theory. The upshot is that Paul's attempt to construct a one category ontology may be challenged with some of her own arguments. In the positive part of the paper we outline a two category ontology with property universals and kind universals. We will also examine Paul's arguments against a version of universal bundle theory that takes spatiotemporal co-location instead of compresence or coinstantiation as the feature by which we can identify genuine bundles. We compare this novel theory, bundle theory with kinds, and Paul's mereological bundle theory and apply them to a case study concerning entangled fermions and co-located bosons.
Keywords bundle theory  categories  universals  kinds  kind universals  formal ontology
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DOI 10.1093/pq/pqz021
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