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Re: [ontolog-forum] Just What Is an Ontology, Anyway?

To: Godfrey Rust <godfrey.rust@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Bill Andersen <andersen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 15:07:59 -0400
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Hi Godfrey

On Oct 30, 2009, at 13:52 , Godfrey Rust wrote:

Even Einstein said everything is an approximation, though the maths may still get a NASA spaceship accurately to Mars. Betting our life on something is faith, not absolute knowledge, even if its a really good bet; and not every airplane lands safely.

Correct.  All I was objecting to was the usual move I perceived (the other) Bill of making, which is to toss out some kind of Kantian argument against the possibility of ontology.  This seems counterproductive.  And I definitely am not confusing agreement in some community on the use of terms with truth.  What I said, albeit not as explicitly as I might have, was that in certain domains (such as science) this is the kind of "reality" we get pretty reliable access to.  You called it "agreement".  I call it regularity in the world.  I'd suspect most scientists would agree it's not simply a matter of agreement on the use of terms.


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