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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontology and kantian propositions

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From: "doug foxvog" <doug@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 23:58:37 -0400 (EDT)
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On 03-Aug-11 9:54 PM, David Eddy wrote:
 On 2011-08-03, at 5:42 PM, Cory Casanave wrote:
>> Aren't we all used to these squabbles over terms when we should be
>> worried about the concepts?  When more than one concept get
>> attached to a term we just need to qualify the terms and move on.
>> Experts, such as project managers, will tend to attach their
>> opinion on what makes up a "good" (in their expert view) variant of
>> a concept - and then try and assign that goodness as a requirement
>> for everyone.
> So has anything been DONE—that's an ACTIVE verb—about making it
> possible to show participating constituents that there are both
> multiple concepts and definitions for the "same" thingy?    (01)

Since you contrast "concept" and "definition" from "thingy",  i interpret
"thingy" to mean  "language phrase".    (02)

Cyc has been making this distinction and showing multiple definitions for
the same word or phrase for over 15 years.  It distinguishes linguistic
components from the classes, relations, and individuals which they may
denote.  A single word/phrase may denote multiple terms in the ontology
and a single term in the ontology may be denoted by multiple words and/or
phrases.  E.g.,
      (denotation Bank-TheWord Noun 0 RiverBank)
      (denotation Bank-TheWord Noun 1 Bank-FinancialInstitution)
      (denotation Bank-TheWord Noun 2 BankBuilding)
      (denotation Bank-TheWord Verb 0 BankingAFire)
      (denotation Bank-TheWord Verb 1 BankingAVehicleInMotion)
      (denotation Bank-TheWord Verb 2 BankingInAFinancialInstitution)
      (multiWordString "river" Bank-TheWord Noun 0 RiverBank)
      (multiWordString "bank" Building-TheWord Noun 0  BankBuilding)
      ...    (03)

-- doug f    (04)

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