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From: "Richard H. McCullough" <rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 06:58:13 -0700
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This seems the perfect way to introduce myself,
since I originated this topic on semantic-web@xxxxxx.
After a couple of hours of browsing around Ontolog,
I feel at home here.  I wish I had known about Ontolog
years ago!  For the past six years, I have been making
myself infamous with W3C, because they don't want
to discuss epistemology and ontology.
On to the question of terminology.  I favor the terms
used by Ayn Rand (Intro. to Objectivist Epistemology),
with a couple of additions.  This is my "tabula rasa"
ontology (before generalizing characteristics of
entities to characteristics of existents).
    group  # abstract Entity
    entity # physical Entity
    characteristic  # property
        part        # single entity, separable
        attribute   # single entity, inseparable
        relation    # multiple entity
        action      # single entity, space, time
        interaction # multiple entity, space, time
The terms that I added were
To address the subject line, I favor "existent"
instead of "thing", and "concept" instead of "class".
"concept" is a special kind of "group".
P.S. I am looking forward to some future discussions
of "context".  The epistemological foundation of
my knowledge representation language, mKR, is
context and definitions. In a very real sense,
I can say that mKR "implements" the theories of
Ayn Rand and Keith Devlin.
Dick McCullough
Ayn Rand do speak od mKR done;
mKE do enhance od Real Intelligence done;
knowledge := man do identify od existent done;
knowledge haspart proposition list;

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