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From: FERENC KOVACS <f.kovacs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2010 04:13:18 +0000 (GMT)
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Rick,    (01)

Here's the Wordnet definition of entity:    (02)

Wordnet defines entity as "that which is perceived or known to have its
own distinct existence."    (03)

Ferenc:    (04)

which is the same thing as saying    (05)

An entity is (a whole) object with the property of existence (the most generic 
one). But since this statement is the result of abstraction (where you by 
perception separate something that cannot physically be separated i..e. 
existence) here (in the clause) the news is (see topic and comment) that 
something is realized as existing.
You can reverse that by substantiating existence, hence seing it as a noun, 
hence an object and say Existence has the property of object(ness) meaning 
as a separate thingie    (06)

Rick    (07)

I'll go with the term entity as originally suggested by John Sowa with
the implied connotation of being when considering metaphysics. See
Brentano's tree.    (08)

Recall that most of the recent discussion on this thread was in response
to my suggestion that functions play a role equally as important as
types in a foundation logic.    (09)

No worries. Thanks
Ferenc    (010)

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