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[catalogued under 7. Existence / E. Categories / 1. Categories]

Full Idea

My fundamental idea is that 'form-sets' are intersubstitutable constituents of states of affairs with the same form, and 'base-sets' are special form-sets which can be used to construct other form-sets. Ontological categories are the base-sets.

Gist of Idea

Categories are base-sets which are used to construct states of affairs


Jan Westerhoff (Ontological Categories [2005], Intro)

Book Reference

Westerhoff,Jan: 'Ontological Categories' [OUP 2005], p.7

A Reaction

The spirit of this is, of course, to try to achieve the kind of rigour that is expected in contemporary professional philosophy, by aiming for some sort of axiom-system that is related to a well established precise discipline like set theory. Maybe.