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on·tol·o·gy

(on-tol'ŏ-jē),
A traditional branch of metaphysics that deals with problems of being, existence, inner nature, meaning, etc. It is fundamental to problems involving normality and disease, individuality, responsibility, and the analysis of values. In recent years, it has been slowly assuming a place as a branch of medicine proper.

ontology

A formal specification of how to represent relationships among objects, concepts, and other entities belonging to a particular area of human experience or knowledge.
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Through the Ontological Lens of Technology: Peter's Accidental Betrayal
The so-called ontological argument has a complex and controverted history, rising to particular prominence in contemporary analytic philosophy.
But she would have done a favour to the readers had she touched upon the topic of some of the early writings of Urdu, especially poetic ones, to give some idea of how long and deep runs in Urdu literature this tradition of metaphysical and ontological issues.
The applicability of the ontological model of conceptual objects and the method for identifying semantic conflicts and the inconsistency of the integrable data were experimentally evaluated of the using 861 conceptual database schemas that represent 368 possible cases of conflicts: attribute-attribute, attribute-entity, entity-relationship, dependency, behavior, inheritance, key, data types, acceptable values, permitted values, and the relevance of values.
Nonhuman ontological thinking is what draws Coleridge to the German writers, not a desperate drive to meet his own writing deadlines and an amelioration of his monetary impoverishment--this nonhuman ontological urge likewise shimmers through Coleridge's poems in Gottlieb's reading of them.
In a set of recent contributions, for example, Mario Blaser (2009a, 2009b, 2013, 2014) has drawn attention to the limitations of environmental policies that dismiss ontological dimensions as cultural constructions.
Although his notion of 'self' appears not to be a 'thing-in-itself', there is still the implication that 'self' is to be found in the deeper layer of ontological relatedness.
Her precise target is Mouffe's idealisation of an ontological understanding of politics, which 'empties identities of any existential depth' (p85) and therefore cannot adequately speak to the world of lived experience.
Aggregating all the semantic distances to the feature concepts generates an ontological feature vector that characterizes an EHR with its disease context.
And while systematic theology's conceptual schemes might well be further removed from those of doctrinal theology, they can also be a faithful development of the ontological judgment of the doctrinal formulation.
With the psychological, existential, physiological, and embodied dimensions in hand, I finally go on to argue that existing as racially oppressed actually changes the ontological structure of one's being-in-the-world.
The World Wide Web Consortium is involved in this endeavor of creating smart, understanding programs and ontological databases by developing OWL (Web Ontological Language).