Do Ontological Categories Exist?

Aaron M. Griffith 1
  • 1 Department of Philosophy and Religion, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859, USA
Aaron M. Griffith

Abstract

This paper concerns the ontological status of ontological categories (e.g., universal, particular, substance, property, relation, kind, object, etc.). I consider E. J. Lowe’s argument for the view that ontological categories do not exist and point out that it has some undesirable consequences for his realist ontology. I go on to argue that the main premise in Lowe’s argument – that ontological categories cannot be categorized – is false and then develop a conception of ontological categories as formal ontological kinds.

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