ontology
noun Etymology: New Latin ontologia, from ont- + -logia -logy Date: circa 1721 1. a branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature and relations of being 2. a particular theory about the nature of being or the kinds of things that have existence • ontologist noun

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  • ontology — ► NOUN Philosophy ▪ the branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature of being. DERIVATIVES ontological adjective ontologist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • ontology — [än täl′ə jē] n. [ModL ontologia: see ONTO & LOGY] 1. the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being, reality, or ultimate substance: cf. PHENOMENOLOGY 2. pl. ontologies a particular theory about being or reality ontological [än΄tə… …   English World dictionary

  • Ontology — This article concerns ontology in philosophy. For the concept in information science, see Ontology (information science). Not to be confused with the medical concepts of oncology and odontology, or indeed ontogeny. Parmenides was among the first… …   Wikipedia

  • ontology — ontological /on tl oj i keuhl/, ontologic, ontologistic /on tol euh jis tik/, adj. ontologist, n. /on tol euh jee/, n. 1. the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such. 2. (loosely) metaphysics. [1715 25; < NL… …   Universalium

  • ontology —    by Constantin V.Boundas   For Deleuze, philosophy is ontology. In this sense, he is one of only two philosophers (the other being Emmanuel Lévinas) of the generation we call poststructuralists not to demur in the face of ontology and… …   The Deleuze dictionary

  • ontology —    by Constantin V.Boundas   For Deleuze, philosophy is ontology. In this sense, he is one of only two philosophers (the other being Emmanuel Lévinas) of the generation we call poststructuralists not to demur in the face of ontology and… …   The Deleuze dictionary

  • ontology — Any way of understanding the world, or some part of it, must make assumptions (which may be implicit or explicit) about what kinds of things do or can exist in that domain, and what might be their conditions of existence, relations of dependency …   Dictionary of sociology

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