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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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Like Lewis, such economists can be termed social ontologists because they believe in an objective, rational reality "both as a logical starting point and as a criterion of validity" (Kauder, 1958, qtd.
reaches Brownson's Catholic years, he excels in showing how Brownson's fascination with Vincenzo Gioberti and the ontologists fits with his larger concern for apologetics and communion.
He argues that Brownson developed "his own synthetic theological and philosophical position" in an effort to avoid the excessive subjectivism he saw in Kant and the overconfident objectivism of ontologists.
The Jonangpas : A School of Buddhist Ontologists according to the `Grub mTha' Shel Gyi Melong.
It thus looks as if the precise ontologists are to the comprehensives as countable being is to epistemology or psychology, for the formula "to be is to be body" really means "to be is to be touchable," and "to be is to be an idea" really means "to be is to be intelligible.
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