To Be Is to Be an F
Article first published online: 27 JUL 2005
Volume 59, Issue 2, pages 201–222, June 2005
How to Cite
Linnebo, Ø. (2005), To Be Is to Be an F. Dialectica, 59: 201–222. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2005.01027.x
- Issue published online: 27 JUL 2005
- Article first published online: 27 JUL 2005
I defend the view that our ontology divides into categories, each with its own canonical way of identifying and distinguishing the objects it encompasses. For instance, I argue that natural numbers are identified and distinguished by their positions in the number sequence, and physical bodies, by facts having to do with spatiotemporal continuity. I also argue that objects belonging to different categories are ipso facto distinct. My arguments are based on an analysis of reference, which ascribes to reference a richer structure than it is normally taken to have.