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Theory and Applications of Ontology

Volume 1: Philosophical Perspectives Volume 2: Computer Applications

Poli, R., Seibt, J., Healy, M., Kameas, A. (Eds.)

2011, Approx. 800 p. In 2 volumes, not available separately.

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  • Systematically analyses ontology from both the philosophical and computer science points of views
  • Volumes contain papers describing the state of the art in their respective topics as well as papers addressing forefront, innovative and possibly controversial topics

Ontology is back at the forefront of philosophy, science and technology. These days ontology comes in at least two main fashions: the traditional philosophical understanding of ontology has been recently flanked by a new – computer-based – understanding of ontology. The current resurgence of interest in ontological issues displays a number of novel features, both among philosophers and among information technologists.

Broadly speaking, the two research communities of philosophers and engineers have still not found a way to relate to each other systematically. One side is perhaps too theoretical, the other too pragmatic. However, in dynamic terms, one easily foresees mounting social and institutional pressure for the development of tools able to model fragments of reality in terms that are both adequate and efficient. The two volumes of TAO intend to play a role in paving the way for a better mutual understanding between engineers and philosophers. Since the two communities are still very different as to their own languages, conceptual tools and problem-sets, we devised two different volumes, one dedicated to the philosophical understanding of ontology and one to the computer-based understanding of ontologies. Both volumes contain both papers describing the state of the art in their respective topics and papers addressing forefront, innovative and possibly controversial topics.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Applied ontology - Category theory - Computer science - Logical modelling - Ontology - Semantics

Related subjects » Database Management & Information Retrieval - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Volume 1: Philosophical Perspectives

Preface.- Introduction.- 1. Poli, Ontology: The categorial stance.- 2. Seibt, Particulars.- 3. Herre, The ontology of mereological systems.- 4. Steglich-Petersen, Causation.- 5. Cocchiarella, Actualism vs. Possibilism in formal ontology.- 6. Busck, Dispositions and response-dependency theories.- 7. Nef, Properties.- 8. Ramellini, Boundary questions between ontology and biology.- 9. Albertazzi, The ontology of perception.- 10. Bickhard, Interactive Knowing: The Metaphysics of Intentionality.- 11. Sowa, The role of logic and ontology in language and reasoning.- 12. Mommers, Ontologies in the legal domain.- 13. Potts, Ontology in economics.- 14. Ales Bello, Ontology and phenomenology.- 15. Ghigi, Phenomenology and ontology in Nicolai Hartmann and Roman Ingarden.- 16. Symons, A sketch of the history and methodology of ontology in the analytic tradition.- 17. Dahlstrom, Hermeneutic ontology.

Volume 2: Computer Applications

Preface.- Introduction.- 1. Poli and Obrst, The interplay between ontology as categorial analysis and ontology as technology.- 2. Obrst, Ontological architectures.- 3. Loebe, Organization and management of large categorical systems.- 4. Kalfoglou & Scholemmer, The information flow approach to ontology-based semantic alignment.- 5. Tartir, Arpinar, & Sheth, Ontological evaluation and validation.- 6. Seremeti & Kameas, Tools for ontology engineering and management.- 7. Kotis & Vouros, Ontological tools: requirements, design issues and perspectives.- 8. Guizzardi & Wagner, Using the Unified Foundational Ontology (UFO) as a foundation for general conceptual modeling languages.- 9. Davies, Lightweight ontologies.- 10. Fellbaum, Wordnet.- 11. Pease & Li, Controlled English to logic translation.- 12. Foxvog, Cyc.- 13. Borgo, Foundational choices in DOLCE.- 14. Herre, General formal ontology (GFO). A foundational ontology for conceptual modelling.- 15. Kelso, Hoehndorf & Prüfer, Ontologies in biology.- 16. Herre, The Ontology of medical terminological systems. Towards the next generation of medical ontologies .- 17. Bateman, Ontologies of language and language processing.- 18. Rittgen, Business ontologies.- 19. Feldkamp, Hinkelmann, & Thoenssen, Ontologies for e-government.- 20. Goumopolous & Kameas, An ontology-based context management framework for context aware ubiquitous computing applications.- 21. Healy, Category theory as a mathematics for formalizing ontologies.- 22. Vickers, Issues of logic, algebra and topology in ontology.- 23. Kent, The Institutional approach.- 24. Johnson & Rosebrugh, Ontology engineering, universal algebra and category theory.

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