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Metaphysica

International Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics

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The Non-existence of Ontological Categories: A defence of Lowe

J. T. M. Miller
Published Online: 2016-09-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0012

Abstract

This paper addresses the ontological status of the ontological categories as defended within E.J. Lowe’s four-category ontology (kinds, objects, properties/relations, and modes). I consider the arguments in Griffith (2015. “Do Ontological Categories Exist?” Metaphysica 16 (1):25–35) against Lowe’s claim that ontological categories do not exist, and argue that Griffith’s objections to Lowe do not work once we fully take advantage of ontological resources available within Lowe’s four-category ontology. I then argue that the claim that ontological categories do not exist has no undesirable consequences for Lowe’s brand of realism.

References

  • Griffith, A. M. 2015. “Do Ontological Categories Exist?” Metaphysica 16 (1):25–35.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Lowe, E. J. 2006. The Four-Category Ontology: A Metaphysical Foundation for Natural Science. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

  • Thomasson, A. L. 2015. Ontology Made Easy. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

About the article

Published Online: 2016-09-08

Published in Print: 2016-09-01


This research was carried out during my time as a Research Fellow on the Durham Emergence Project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation(Grant ID: 40485).


Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 163–176, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0012.

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