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Re: [ontolog-forum] Self Interest Ontology

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From: William Frank <williamf.frank@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2012 21:46:14 -0400
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Pat Hayes phayes@xxxxxxx


I am rather late to this party, but why are we even talking about "self interest" ? Many, perhaps most, actions are taken by people not in their own self interest but from motives involving the interests of others. A theory of actions, separated from amy ideas about "self" interst, would seem like a better place to start.


I agree with this sentiment, and then the question is, why start over?

This is what the Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing, Enterprise Viewpoint, does quite succinctly, informed, I think, by Karl Hewett's Actor Model work beginning in the 1970s,, and may other things, including the kinds of linguistics that Lakoff does.  
On the other hand, to each his own.  I have noticed that there are several "we"s in this formum,  and they can each have many satisfying discussion threads. 
(one community, for example, does not, as far as I can see, seem to recognize the inconsistency of denying that some statements are true and others false, and all the other variants on the liar paradox.)


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