© 1996

Formal Ontology

  • Roberto Poli
  • Peter Simons

Part of the Nijhoff International Philosophy Series book series (NIPS, volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Roberto Poli
    Pages 1-26
  3. Nino B. Cocchiarella
    Pages 27-60
  4. Jerzy Perzanowski
    Pages 61-130
  5. Fred Sommers
    Pages 131-158
  6. David M. Armstrong
    Pages 159-171
  7. Mieczyslaw Omyla
    Pages 173-187
  8. Liliana Albertazzi
    Pages 199-232
  9. Jean Petitot, Barry Smith
    Pages 233-253
  10. Peter M. Simons, Charles W. Dement
    Pages 255-276
  11. Ingvar Johansson
    Pages 277-288
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 289-296

About this book


Formal ontology combines two ideas, one originating with Husserl, the other with Frege: that of ontology of the formal aspects of all objects, irrespective of their particular nature, and ontology pursued by employing the tools of modern formal disciplines, notably logic and semantics. These two traditions have converged in recent years and this is the first collection to encompass them as a whole in a single volume. It assembles essays from authors around the world already widely known for their work in formal ontology, and illustrates that through the application of formal methods the ancient discipline of ontology may be put on a firm methodological basis. The essays not only illuminate the nature of ontology and its relation to other areas, in language, logic and everyday life, but also demonstrate that common issues from the analytical and phenomenological traditions may be discussed without ideological barriers.
Audience: advanced students of and specialists in philosophy, linguistics, cognitive science, computer science, database engineering.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Poli
    • 1
  • Peter Simons
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyLeedsUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Formal Ontology
  • Editors R. Poli
    Peter M. Simons
  • Series Title Nijhoff International Philosophy Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-4104-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4718-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-8733-4
  • Series ISSN 0924-4530
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 298
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ontology
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