Single Idea 18921

[catalogued under 7. Existence / E. Categories / 4. Category Realism]

Full Idea

The natural categories of individuals are arranged in a hierarchy of inclusion relations that is isomorphic with the linguistic semantic structure.

Gist of Idea

Individuals are arranged in inclusion categories that match our semantics


George Engelbretsen (Trees, Terms and Truth [2005], 5)

Book Reference

'The Old New Logic', ed/tr. Oderberg,David S. [MIT 2005], p.47

A Reaction

This is the conclusion of a summary of modern Term Logic. The claim is that Sommers discerned this structure in our semantics (via the study of 'terms'), and was pleasantly surprised to find that it matched a plausible structure of natural categories.