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Dissertation

Categories and Logical Syntax

In this dissertation the notions of category and type are studied through the lens of logical syntax.

Author
Ansten Klev
Date
04 September 2014

The notions of category and type are here studied through the lens of logical syntax: Aristotle's as well as Kant's categories through the traditional form of proposition `S is P', and modern doctrines of type through the Fregean form of proposition `F(a)', function applied to argument. Topics covered include the conception of categories as highest genera; the parts of speech and their relation to categories; the attempt to derive categories from more fundamental notions; the notion of a range of significance; the notion of a type assignment; sortal concepts and the notions of identity and generality; and the distinction between formal and material categories. 

Supervisor: prof.dr. B.G. Sundholm

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