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Re: [ontolog-forum] what is a proposition?

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From: Kathryn Blackmond Laskey <klaskey@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 12:30:47 -0400
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[KC] > I think I am in agreement with you on most of your points, insofar as
> I understand them, except for the one about why bring in epistemology.

> My concern was that in an effort to make an ontology for some type of
> indexing of knowledge (applied ontology, as opposed to philosophical
> ontology??), we should be aware of a vast universe of propositions and
> knowledge for which this will be difficult or impossible, given the
> difficulty even ascertaining what the propositions are.

[IJ] O.K., I have taken it for granted that everyone is aware of this; at
least I am. But I would like to add one thing: in engineering it is hard
to tell what is *completely* impossible to do before many clever men and
women have tried to do the impossible.

[KBL] An ontology has been defined as a "specification of a conceptualization."  When we create an ontology (the noun, the artifact, as distinct from the philosophical discipline) we are creating a representation of that which exists. A representation is different from that which is represented.  Any representation is fallible -- it may contain errors and inaccuracies.

Therefore, we cannot avoid the link with epistemology.   To study the relationship between an ontology artifact and that which it represents is to study epistemology. In many practical situations, it is of essential importance to acknowledge explicitly that an ontology is incomplete and error-prone.  In such situations, it is important to annotate a representation with information about its credibility or quality.


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