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Re: [ontology-summit] First Model Bench Challenge

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:40:54 -0400
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On 4/28/2012 9:36 PM, Obrst, Leo J. wrote:
> Wow, there is a lot of information here! Which is good. Usually the use
> cases we are used to are vastly underspecified.    (01)

I agree that marriage is a good example that covers a lot of territory,
and this specification is better than most.    (02)

But it makes the mistake of using the term 'speech act' too broadly.    (03)

> There are various ways to form speech act forms to communicate the above
> predicates, such as:
> 1: There exists a person <FirstName>
> 2: <Person> is born on <BirthDate>.
> 3: <Person> is <Gender>.
> 4: <Person> died on <DeathDate>.    (04)

The first three of the liberal arts are logic, grammar, and rhetoric.
Speech acts are part of *rhetoric* -- the art of persuasion.  Rhetoric
depends on logic, but logic itself is prior to rhetoric.    (05)

What I find so frustrating is that every university graduate in the 19th
century knew these issues.  I recommend the following textbook, which
Sister Miriam wrote for her *freshman* course at St. Mary's College
from the 1937 to 1960:    (06)

    Joseph, Sister Miriam (1937) The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic,
    Grammar, and Rhetoric, Third edition 1948, reprinted by Paul Dry
    Books, 2002.    (07)

She taught this course to *English majors* -- anybody who took that
course from Sister Miriam would be better qualified to do knowledge
representation in any version of logic than most comp. sci. majors.    (08)

John    (09)

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