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Sunday, September 9, 2018

What is ontology?


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What is ontology? Here is my definition:


Ontology is the study of the way something is


I believe that ontology is the overarching study of everything. Whenever we study something, we are always studying the way it is. Even epistemology is a branch of ontology, because in epistemology we are studying the nature of knowledge. Regarding ontology, philosopher Willard van Orman Quine once said,


"A curious thing about the ontological problem is its simplicity. It can be put into three Anglo-Saxon monosyllables: 'What is there?' It can be answered, moreover, in a word - 'Everything' - and everyone will accept this answer as true." (On What There Is, 1948)



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