Ideas of Roy Ellen, by Theme

[British, fl. 2006, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.]

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7. Existence / E. Categories / 1. Categories
Monothetic categories have fixed defining features, and polythetic categories do not
In symbolic classification, the categories are linked to rules
7. Existence / E. Categories / 2. Categorisation
Several words may label a category; one word can name several categories; some categories lack words
7. Existence / E. Categories / 5. Category Anti-Realism
Continuous experience sometimes needs imposition of boundaries to create categories
13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 4. Cultural relativism
Classification is no longer held to be rooted in social institutions