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, I offer an ontology of ideas. First, I discuss various criteria that any adequate ontology of ideas should satisfy. Next, I offer and motivate a novel ontology of ideas that satisfies these criteria and trace out some of its theoretical virtues. Finally, I further explore some of the nuances and implications of this account, focusing in particular on the individuation and diachronic identities of ideas.
South Carolina Society for Philosophers
Furman University, South Carolina
Cray, Wesley, "An Ontology of Ideas" (2014). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 940.