The construction of ontological categories

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (4):595 – 620 (2004)

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Jan Westerhoff
Oxford University
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I describe an account of ontological categories which does justice to the facts that not all categories are ontological categories and that ontological categories can stand in containment relations. The account sorts objects into different categories in the same way in which grammar sorts expressions . It then identifies the ontological categories with those which play a certain role in the systematization of collections of categories. The paper concludes by noting that on my account what ontological categories there are is partially interest-relative, and that furthermore no object can belong essentially to its ontological category.
Keywords ontology  categories  ontological categories
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DOI 10.1080/713659902
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