Samuel Alexander's Theory of Categories

The Monist 98 (3):246-67 (2015)
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Samuel Alexander was one of the first realists of the twentieth century to defend a theory of categories. He thought that the categories are genuinely real and grounded in the intrinsic nature of Space-Time. I present his reduction of the categories in terms of Space-Time, articulate his account of categorial structure and completeness, and offer an interpretation of what he thought the nature of the categories really were. I then argue that his theory of categories has some advantages over competing theories of his day, and finally draw some important lessons that we can learn from his realist yet reductionist theory of categories.

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A. R. J. Fisher
Gonzaga University


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