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Re: [ontology-summit] Ontology Framework Draft Statement for theOntology

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Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 17:45:20 +0100
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Dear Pat,    (01)

I agree.    (02)

> Perhaps the distinction between "philosophical" ontology and the
> computational implementation is somewhat analogous to the distinction
> between theoretical physics and experimental physics, but with the
> levels of abstraction moved one step higher, where computational
> ontology is similar to theoretical physics and philosophical ontology
> is at a level of abstraction one step higher than theoretical physics.
> Whether or not the analogy is at all helpful, I myself find the
> discussions of philosophical ontologists useful and think of my
> computer as a laboratory in which I can test various theories of
> ontology to see how they perform in practical tasks.  An example of a
> practical task that I find intriguing is language understanding.    (03)

Perhaps there is a dimension here - philosophical depth or some such.
The degree to which philosophical theories have been taken into account
in developing the ontology.    (04)

Regards    (05)

Matthew West
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