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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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His Gibbon is ontologist as much as imperial historian, the author of an autobiography with a peculiarly eighteenth-century capacity, like Tristram Shandy, to proliferate: 'The historian of Rome', the author wryly comments, 'evidently found imagining himself trickier than appraising an empire'.
Although he certainly did not see as well as he might have the imprisoning bureaucratic structures of the present age and seems to lean toward what eventually became the politically correct prison of nationalities known as the European Union (EU), Abbagnano is a truer friend of freedom and critical thought than his longtime associate and fellow ontologist Umberto Eco.
Accused of not being patient for wisdom, he says, "Ay, keep moving is my motto," then follows with the story of "Midni the ontologist and entomologist" (504).
An illuminating source on this issue is the book A Survey of Metaphysics, written by the respected analytic metaphysician and ontologist E.
From Italian existentialist Nicola Abbagnano to Spanish Christian ontologist Xavier Zubiri, the entries discuss the thought systems of important individual philosophers from around the world, as well as important topics, ranging from aesthetic experience to Zoroastrianism.
Josh Powers, Principal Ontologist, Convera Powers, an expert in building previous ontologies used at Oracle and Semio, will provide a step-by-step example of taxonomy and classification generation to support best practices for knowledge representation and management.
Contrary to Heidegger's interpretation of Nietzsche as the "last metaphysician," and hence the philosopher who most closely anticipates Heidegger's attempt to free himself from the Western tradition, I have suggested that Nietzsche is not at all a metaphysician or an ontologist, but rather the thinker for whom ontology is ultimately impossible because being is ultimately chaos.
The problem, of course, stems from the fact that some of Rosmini's ideas had been explicitly condemned in the 19th century by the Congregation of the Holy Office, and Rosmini had been classified in generations of theology manuals as either a proximate ontologist or a semi-rationalist.
David Aronow, Jarg's Senior Ontologist, will lead the company's ontology development program.
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