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Re: [ontolog-forum] The Relation Between Logic and Ontology in Metaphysi

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From: Patrick Durusau <patrick@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 12:30:00 -0400
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Pat,    (01)

Pat Hayes wrote:    (02)

>>(d) Philsophical ontologies such as those of Plato and Aristotle can,
>>just as little as Newtonian mechanics, be defined as "a vocabulary
>>together with a specification of the meanings of the terms in the
>>vocabulary; the specification should be definable with a model theory
>>and a machine interpretable syntax."
>>(f) It is no more odd that the term 'ontology' can take on many
>>different meanings than that more ordinary terms can do so.
>True, no doubt; but THIS FORUM is centrally 
>concerned with "ontology" in one, rather 
>technical, sense: the one quoted in your (d) 
>above; which, as Chris M has pointed out, is a 
>definition which THIS FORUM has formally adopted 
>as its working definition. If this excludes what 
>you call "philosophical ontologies", and if you 
>are chiefly interested in those, then by all 
>means pursue your interest, but please do not try 
>to divert THIS FORUM from its stated and main 
>goals, or add to the noise level in the email 
>discussions. Thank you.
Really?    (03)

Hmmm, well, I suppose that would have to be recorded somewhere.    (04)

Let's look at: http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?OntologCharter    (05)

Which reads:    (06)

> Ontolog is an open, international, virtual community of practice, 
> whose membership will:
> * Discuss practical issues and strategies associated with the 
> development and application of both formal and informal ontologies.
> * Identify ontological engineering approaches that might be applied to 
> the UBL effort, as well as to the broader domain of eBusiness 
> standardization efforts.
> * Strive to advance the field of ontological engineering and semantic 
> technologies, and to help move them into main stream applications.    (07)

Looks like your definition is missing.    (08)

Do you agree?    (09)

Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend!    (010)

Patrick    (011)

PS: You may be reporting your personal definition or one that supports a 
particular business model but that is not the same as a definition for 
the entire community.    (012)

Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model
Member, Text Encoding Initiative Board of Directors, 2003-2005    (013)

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!     (014)

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