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(computer science) a rigorous and exhaustive organization of some knowledge domain that is usually hierarchical and contains all the relevant entities and their relations

the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence

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How then ontologically can our mental states be together with their intended objects?
Dick: A Reading of Twenty Ontologically Uncertain Novels is the new decade's best academic study of Dick's fiction, as well as one of the great critical works published about Dick's writing.
Second, the essays as a whole reiterate Muldoon's introductory suggestion that it was not until European missionaries came to perceive, ontologically, the fundamental difference between Old and New World missionary possibilities that a truly unique American missionary theoretics emerged.
What if we refuse to take sovereignty as ontologically given, but instead inquire into its history in a specific colonial setting like South Africa, asking, as well, how it is that historical actors have and continue to make such powerful appeals to what may in fact be a fiction?
Maybe we are dealing with fantasy writing, in which the world is an ontologically different universe.
Mukhopadhyay states that classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, information mechanics and causal mechanics are mechanics in their own rights, independent but interconnected, and are ontologically governed by the mechanics of consciousness.
This "return to the Origin," then, is an "ascent to principles" (or "first things"): it moves progressively to principles logically prior and, therefore, ontologically higher.
Because writers like Ludwig Feuerbach, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud conceive of knowledge not as an ontologically pre-given, mind-independent reality, but as psychosemiotic construction, a psychological projection that assumes a provisional form in and through a semiotic sign, they do not recognize the existence of a pure spiritual ideal like true religion or true Christianity.
Colonial domination, the very antithesis of liberal democracy, has meant the subjection of indigenous peoples to the nonnegotiable, ontologically particular norms of the colonial masters.
It states that blood, dust, matter, and flesh are not ontologically or axiologically lower than God.
The responsibility of designing and using information and communication technologies in response to an ontologically primary "social net" is discussed.
Miles sees Jesus as ontologically (which is to say, literarily) divine.
According to Eliade, linear memory, with its succession of unrepeatable, ontologically void acts, is felt as an intolerable burden in such societies, and can be endured only by being periodically abolished.
Ontologically, it holds that reality has manifold aspects or characteristics, even opposite ones.
Consequently all religions, including rival forms of Buddhism, are ontologically false and erroneous.
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