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From an Ontological Point of View$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199259747.001.0001

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Abandoning the Levels Conception: First Steps

Abandoning the Levels Conception: First Steps

(p.40) Chapter 5 Abandoning the Levels Conception: First Steps
From an Ontological Point of View

John Heil (Contributor Webpage)

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Proponents of the idea that reality is hierarchical appeal to the ‘multiple realizability’ of higher‐level properties. The ontology of multiple realizability is fuzzy, however, and in any case, we can accommodate putative examples of multiple realizability without positing higher‐level properties. Predicates taken to name such properties are better understood as being satisfied by diverse but similar properties. Ontological reduction does not imply analytical or explanatory reduction.

Keywords:   causation, hierarchy, higher‐level, kind, level, multiple realizability, Picture Theory, predicate, property, reduction, similarity

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