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Re: [ontolog-forum] Model or Reality

To: "Chris Partridge" <mail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "'[ontolog-forum] '" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 10:26:22 -0500
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>The reason that this is even worth raising is that when one examines
>operational systems (systems that do things) one finds that the deontic and
>epistemic elements are key to successful operation - so an implementation
>process needs to take account of them. (Does this count as "real work"?)
>I suppose one could argue that these kinds of operational systems are
>outside the scope of ontological engineering - which then would (I suppose)
>deal with systems that don't do things.    (01)

I think you are here mixing up what the ontology is about, with the 
question of what kind of system is going to be using the ontology.    (02)

>But this seems to restrict the scope
>of application drastically.    (03)

Well, it restricts it to ontological engineering, as opposed to (for 
example) general computer science, control engineering, gear design 
and electrical engineering. When you start making general 
observations about 'systems that do things', you are casting your net 
rather widely. But in any case, I bet you will have hard time finding 
many engineers who feel a need to take courses in deontic logic 
before considering themselves qualified.    (04)

Pat    (05)

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