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Single Idea 13123

[catalogued under 7. Existence / E. Categories / 3. Proposed Categories]

Full Idea

Surveyed ontological systems show overlaps: properties and relations turn up in every system; individuals form part of five systems; abstracta, collections/sets and events are in four; facts are in two.

Gist of Idea

All systems have properties and relations, and most have individuals, abstracta, sets and events


Jan Westerhoff (Ontological Categories [2005], 02)

Book Reference

Westerhoff,Jan: 'Ontological Categories' [OUP 2005], p.18

A Reaction

Westerhoff is a hero for doing such a useful survey. Of course, Quine challenges properties, and relations are commonly given a reductive analysis. Individuals can be challenged, and abstracta reduced. Sets are fictions. Events or facts? Etc.