Theories Ontology

  • Dean S. HartleyIII
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


The Theories Ontology is not strictly part of the Unconventional Conflict Ontology; it is a separate ontology. However, it is useful in the application of the situation-dependent part of the Unconventional Conflict Ontology both for justifying decisions in modeling unconventional conflict and for explaining the results of situations in a real-world conflict. There are five discipline categories, representing a total of 32 disciplines. The five discipline categories are the social sciences, “hard” sciences, applied sciences, formal theories, and a miscellaneous group that does not consist of disciplines but is applied as if they were. Figure 10.1 illustrates a hard science theory, conservation of momentum. This chapter describes the organization of the Theories Ontology and all of its theory classes. In addition, the last section of this chapter discusses the connections between the Theories Ontology and the Unconventional Conflict Ontology.


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  • Dean S. HartleyIII
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  1. 1.Hartley ConsultingOak RidgeUSA

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