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Re: [ontolog-forum] FW: Lattice of theories

To: "sean.barker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <sean.barker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:59:59 -0500
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Sean,    (01)

All the ontologies that have been proposed so far have been
collections of statements (often called axioms) in some
version of logic.    (02)

 > I have noted the use of standard data models to exchange
 > incompatible data - incompatible not because the data
 > structures were different, but because the groundings
 > of the model were different.    (03)

I don't know what you mean by the word "grounding" or the
term "data model".    (04)

If by grounding, you mean some part of the world for which
some set of statements (or axioms) are true, then two
identical sets of statements would be true of exactly the
same parts of the world.  Therefore, identical axioms would
have identical grounding.    (05)

I don't know whether there is some confusion of terminology
or a true disagreement.    (06)

John    (07)

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