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1[mass noun] The branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being.
- ‘What is being questioned in Heidegger's ontology is the move from existent to existence.’
- ‘What is the value of a vitalist materialism compared to say Adorno's materialist ontology?’
- ‘Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy consisting of ontology and cosmology.’
- ‘This particular official chooses not to be limited by scientific ontology.’
- ‘This question, we have seen, is also a central concern in Mead's ontology and epistemology.’
- ‘From the philosophical point of view, what this teaching does is to shift the focus of investigation from ontology to epistemology.’
- ‘Hegel develops his rational ontology of gender within a logic of oppositions.’
- ‘Since epistemology follows ontology, humans are the ones that determine what is true and what it not true.’
- ‘The argument was directed at the individualist ontology of existentialism in favour of a more communitarian one.’
- ‘Yet defending praise and blame is not simply a matter of moral ontology and epistemology.’
- ‘Thus, morals, I reckon, are derived from truths about ontology.’
- ‘Plato's ontology was contained in his theory of Ideas or Forms.’
- ‘These include matters of epistemology, ontology, semantics, and logic.’
- ‘One might have a generic naturalistic ontology - everything is the result of mechanistic processes.’
- ‘The argument operated at the level of the fundamental ontology of the rival philosophies.’
- ‘Heidegger interprets such judgements as belonging to general metaphysics or ontology.’
- ‘For such reasons as these Heidegger believes that ontology and phenomenology coincide.’
- ‘Yet there has been real overlap between philosophy and cognitive science in ontology.’
- ‘Recourse to sets, on the other hand, is a drastic ontological move, a retreat from the austere ontology of impressions.’
- ‘It was not all that concerned with the ontology or metaphysics of the natural sciences.’
2A set of concepts and categories in a subject area or domain that shows their properties and the relations between them:‘what's new about our ontology is that it is created automatically from large datasets’‘we're using ontologies to capture and analyse some of the knowledge in our department’
- ‘The application allows the users to inspect the ontology, make queries to it and propose changes.’
- ‘He's in charge of maintaining an ontology composed of 400,000 concepts and which uses Description Logic based definitions.’
- ‘In this case the batch process operates on the full ontology, that is 400,000 concepts and 1.5 million relationships between them.’
- ‘The site supports the formal representation of systems via metamodels or ontologies that richly describe application objects, their attributes, and the nature of their relationships with each other.’
- ‘The challenge of reading proprietary logs is immediately solved by virtue of the semantic ontology, so it's no longer necessary to examine each console separately.’
- ‘This report is verified by all the authors and is used to measure the quality of the released ontology.’
- ‘I don't believe in hierarchical ontologies.’
- ‘Cyc is an artificial intelligence project that attempts to assemble a comprehensive ontology and knowledge base of everyday common sense knowledge, with the goal of enabling AI applications to perform human-like reasoning.’
- ‘Once in an ontology, semantic reasoning can be applied to establish any inconsistencies in the ontology and to derive new information.’
- ‘This will upload the ontologies as well as the workflows.’
Early 18th century: from modern Latin ontologia, from Greek ōn, ont- being + -logy.
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