On 28 Jul 2009, at 05:56, Rex Allen wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 11:40 PM, Brent  
> Meeker<meeke...@dslextreme.com> wrote:
>> I think that's a misuse of "ontology".  When we discuss the atomic  
>> theory of
>> matter the ontology is a set of elementary particles, including  
>> their couplings
>> and dynamics.
> I think most of us are using "ontology" in the sense of definition 1,
> below.  But you keep introducing the term in the sense of definition
> 2.  I'd noticed it before on David's previous "dream" thread.
> Ontology
> 1. That department of the science of metaphysics which investigates
> and explains the nature and essential properties and relations of all
> beings, as such, or the principles and causes of being.
> 2. A systematic arrangement of all of the important categories of
> objects or concepts which exist in some field of discourse, showing
> the relations between them.

Good point. I use always "ontology" in the first sense.



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