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Ontology Generator

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From the journal Metaphysica


The paper proposes a simple method for constructing ontological theories—an ‘ontology generator’. It shows that such a generator manages to produce major existing ontological theories, e.g., Realism, Nominalism, Trope theory, Bundle theory, Perdurantism, Endurantism, Possibilism, Actualism and more. It thus turns out, surprisingly, that all these seemingly unrelated different ontological theories that were designed by thinkers hundreds of years apart, can all be generated using the same simple mechanism. Moreover, this same generator manages to produce entirely novel ontological theories, that fare no worse than existing ones in meeting the same common metaphysical challenges.

Corresponding author: Alik Pelman, Department of Humanities, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Technion City, 3200003, Haifa, Israel, E-mail:


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Published Online: 2022-10-18
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