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Re: [ontac-forum] Type vs. Class - last chance to vote.

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 13:37:09 -0500
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Cory,    (01)

Yes, there are books that go into great detail on these
and related issues.    (02)

CC> Are we going to do this thousands of times?  Shouldn't
 > such terms come from some existing work we adopt in-total?    (03)

I recommend my KR book:    (04)

    Sowa, John F. (2000) _Knowledge Representation:
    Logical, Philosophical, and Computational Foundations_,
    Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., Pacific Grove, CA.    (05)

CC> This is a long-winded way to say - lets decide on our language
 > before having 100 emails on each of many terms that is well
 > defined in that language.    (06)

BS> Unfortunately the existing languages were developed and
 > documented for quite different purposes and quite different
 > communities. Their definitions do not satisfy the sorts of
 > standards placed on ontology work -- sometimes because they
 > are confused; sometimes because they are defining terms
 > (like 'class') as these terms are used in logico-linguistic
 > contexts, rather than in ontological contexts.    (07)

CC> The "logical language" and "upper ontology" communities
 > and purpose are quite different? How Odd!
 > And all the languages are confused and do not satisfy the
 > sorts of standards placed on ontology work?  How Sad!    (08)

That is inevitable when different communities work independently
on closely related issues.  That is why I recommend my book as
one of the very few that explicitly and implicitly take into
account the traditions, terminologies, and methodologies of
five different, but related communities:  linguistics, logic,
philosophy, artificial intelligence, and commercial IT.    (09)

If you don't want to pony up the exorbitant price that the
publisher charges (they originally promised me a "suggested
retail price" of $39), you can start with my Guided Tour
of Ontology on the web:    (010)

    http://www.jfsowa.com/ontology/guided.htm    (011)

John Sowa    (012)

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