structure for 'Existence'    |     alphabetical list of themes    |     expand these ideas

7. Existence / E. Categories / 4. Category Realism

[belief that our categories can or do map reality]

11 ideas
Aristotle derived categories as answers to basic questions about nature, size, quality, location etc. [Aristotle, by Gill,ML]
Different genera are delimited by modes of predication, which rest on modes of being [Aquinas]
Our true divisions of nature match reality, but are probably incomplete [Leibniz]
Our concepts and categories disclose the world, because we are part of the world [Hegel, by Houlgate]
For Hegel, categories shift their form in the course of history [Hegel, by Houlgate]
The quest for ultimate categories is the quest for a simple clear pattern of notation [Quine]
Causality indicates which properties are real [Cartwright,N]
Ontology aims to give the fundamental categories of being [Heil]
Maybe categories are just the different ways that things depend on basic substances [Schaffer,J]
The concepts we have to use for categorising are ones which map the real world well [Jenkins]
Individuals are arranged in inclusion categories that match our semantics [Engelbretsen]