An Ontology of Ideas
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Philosophers often talk about and engage with ideas. Scientists, artists, and historians do, too. So does practically everyone else. But what is an idea? In this paper, we develop and motivate an ontology of ideas that satisfies various platitudes associated with the idea of ideas, and does so within an ontologically parsimonious framework. We then go on to discuss some nuances of the account, focusing particularly on the individuation and survival conditions of ideas.
Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
Cray, Wesley and Schroeder, Timothy, "An Ontology of Ideas" (2015). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 630.