Competing Ontologies and Verbal Disputes



Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Prolegomena: Journal of Philosophy
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords Agreement; Alignment; Conflict; Disagreement; Matching; Ontology; Verbal Dispute; Logical Pluralism
Description The notion of ontology originates in philosophy. It has been recently employed in computer science and information technology for representing knowledge. In the first part of the paper, I will argue that there is a significant overlap in these notions of ontology. Utilizing this overlap, I will show in the second part that ontologies can be used for developing a new powerful heuristic method for resolving verbal disputes in philosophy. Verbal disputes can be defined in terms of ontologies: A dispute over two texts P and S is verbal if and only if both of them can be mapped into the same ontology. In the appendix, I shall analyze the dispute over logical pluralism and indicate how my method of resolving verbal disputes can be employed.

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