Theory and Applications of Ontology: Philosophical Perspectives

Editors: Poli, Roberto, Seibt, Johanna (Eds.)

  • The most complete, up to date, and authoritative account of ontology available
  • Edited and written by acknowledged authorities in all subfields of ontology
  • The first work to systematically analyse ontology from both the philosophical and computer science points of view
  • Contains both papers describing the state-of-the-art in their respective topics and papers addressing forefront, innovative and possibly controversial topics
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Ontology was once understood to be the philosophical inquiry into the structure of reality: the analysis and categorization of ‘what there is’. Recently, however, a field called ‘ontology’ has become part of the rapidly growing research industry in information technology. The two fields have more in common than just their name.

Theory and Applications of Ontology is a two-volume anthology that aims to further an informed discussion about the relationship between ontology in philosophy and ontology in information technology. It fills an important lacuna in cutting-edge research on ontology in both fields, supplying stage-setting overview articles on history and method, presenting directions of current research in either field, and highlighting areas of productive interdisciplinary contact.

Theory and Applications of Ontology: Philosophical Perspectives presents ontology in philosophy in ways that computer scientists are not likely to find elsewhere. The volume offers an overview of current research traditions in ontology, contrasting analytical, phenomenological, and hermeneutic approaches. It introduces the reader to current philosophical research on those categories of everyday and scientific reasoning that are most relevant to present and future research in information technology.

About the authors

Roberto Poli (B.A. in sociology, with honors, Ph.D. on ontology for knowledge engineers, Utrecht) is editor-in-chief of Axiomathes (Springer), a peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the study of ontology and cognitive systems, editor of Categories (Ontos), and member of the Academic Board of Directors of the Metanexus Institute, Philadelphia. His research interests include (1) ontology, in both its traditional philosophical understanding and the new, computer-oriented, understanding, (2) the theory of values and the concept of person and (3) anticipatory systems, i.e. system able to take decisions according to their possible future development. Poli has published four books, edited or co-edited more than 20 books or journal’s special issues and published more than 150 scientific papers.  He teaches Applied Ethics and Futures Studies at the Faculty of Sociology and gives a course in Ontology at the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, University of Trento.

Johanna Seibt, Ph. D. (Univ. of Pittsburgh, 1990), Dr. phil. habil. (Univ. of Konstanz, 2005), Associate Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, taught previously at the University of Texas at Austin (1990-2000). Her main interest is in ontology, especially formal process ontology and the history and methodology of ontology. She is main editor of the book series Process Thought and Metaphysical Research, is co-editing the Handbook of Mereology, She has over 60 research publications, including 9 books (monographs and editions) and over 40 articles in international reviewed journals and anthologies. She has given over 70 talks at conferences and departmental lectures (including plenary lectures and lecture series) and received American, German, and Danish grants and awards for her research and teaching.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Ontology: The Categorial Stance

    Poli, Roberto

    Pages 1-22

  • Particulars

    Seibt, Johanna

    Pages 23-55

  • The Ontology of Mereological Systems: A Logical Approach

    Herre, Heinrich

    Pages 57-82

  • Causation

    Steglich-Petersen, Asbjørn

    Pages 83-104

  • Actualism Versus Possibilism in Formal Ontology

    Cocchiarella, Nino B.

    Pages 105-117

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theory and Applications of Ontology: Philosophical Perspectives
Editors
  • Roberto Poli
  • Johanna Seibt
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8845-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8845-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8844-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9566-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 415
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