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On the Elements of Ontology

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Elements argues for an ontology derived of ten theses detailing the natures and fundamental ontic status of attribution and structure. Attribution assayed as intension-conditioned unifying-agency yields a one-category ontology of individuated attribute instances, with instances' unifying acts and universal intensions, and their internal and externally effected modes of composition, accounting for all unity and entities as hierarchical structures.


Donald W. Mertz, University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA.


Central to Elements is an assay of the attributional union properties and relations have with their subjects, a topic historically left metaphorical. The work critiques eight Aristotelian assumptions concerning attribute dependence and 'inherence', per se subjects ('substances'), attributes as agent-organizers, and unity-by-a-shared-one. Groups of these assumptions are seen to yield contradiction, vicious regress, or other problems. This analysis, joined with insights from an assay of ubiquitous structure, motivate ten theses explicating attribution and its primary ontic status. The theses detail: attributes proper as individuated instances, structure as instance-generated facts and their two forms of composition, the conditioning role and universal nature of instances' component intensions, the primacy of attribute instances for generating all forms of composition and complex entities, and identity and indiscernibility criteria for the latter. Principal is the insight that attribution is intension-determined combinatorial agency. It is its systematizing implications that provide solutions to classic problems, e.g., Composition, Individuation, and Universals, and in net generate a comprehensive one-category structuralist ontology.


Titel: On the Elements of Ontology
Untertitel: Attribute Instances and Structure
EAN: 9783110455212
ISBN: 978-3-11-045521-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: frei
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Gruyter, de Oldenbourg
Genre: Philosophie
Anzahl Seiten: 326
Veröffentlichung: 22.02.2016
Jahr: 2016
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 4.9 MB