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Re: [ontolog-forum] Role of definitions (Remember the poor human)

To: Kathryn Blackmond Laskey <klaskey@xxxxxxx>
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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:05:54 -0600
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>  >...
>>As a matter of fact, a river IS always a river:
>>this is a necessary truth.
>Except when it's a stream, or a brook, or a rivulet.    (01)

Well, if those are kinds of river, then its a 
river. And if they aren't, then why did you say 
it was a river in the first place?    (02)

>There is flowing water (well, today it may be frozen; last week, it
>was flowing) that passes under a bridge I drive over on the way from
>my home to GMU.  Whether that something is a river or a stream or a
>creek, is open to endless debate.  I agree that it is what it is, but
>is it always a river?  Always not a river?  I don't think that
>question has a definite answer.    (03)

Neither do I. But that is the question  "Is this 
- call it X - a river?"  not "is a river a river?"    (04)

Pat    (05)

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