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[Revised entry by Amie Thomasson on March 7, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A system of categories is a complete list of highest kinds or genera. Traditionally, following Aristotle, these have been thought of as highest genera of entities (in the widest sense of the term), so that a system of categories undertaken in this realist spirit would ideally provide an inventory of everything there is, thus answering the most basic of metaphysical questions: "What is there?" Skepticism about our ability to discern a unique system of basic...

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