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Classifying Reality

David S. Oderberg (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-50835-0 April 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 136 Pages


Distinguished metaphysicians examine issues central to the high-profile debate between philosophers over how to classify the natural world, and discuss issues in applied ontology such as the classification of diseases.

  • Leading metaphysicians explore fundamental questions related to the classification and structure of the natural world
  • An essential commentary on issues at the heart of the contemporary debate between philosophy and science
  • Interweaves discussion of overarching themes with detailed material on applied ontology

Notes on Contributors vii

Introduction 1

1 Categorial Predication 5
E. J. Lowe

2 Nature’s Joints: A Realistic Defence of Natural Properties 23
D. H. Mellor

3 Boundaries in Reality 41
Tuomas E. Tahko

4 Contrastive Explanations in Evolutionary Biology 61
Stephen Boulter

5 Animate Beings: Their Nature and Identity 79
Gary S. Rosenkrantz

6 Classifying Processes: An Essay in Applied Ontology 101
Barry Smith

Index 127