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Historical and Conceptual Foundation of Diagrammatical Ontology

  • Peter Øhrstrøm
  • Sara L. Uckelman
  • Henrik Schärfe
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4604)

Abstract

During the Renaissance there was a growing interest for the use of diagrams within conceptual studies. This paper investigates the historical and philosophical foundation of this renewed use of diagrams in ontology as well as the modern relevance of this foundation. We discuss the historical and philosophical background for Jacob Lorhard’s invention of the word ‘ontology’ as well as the scientific status of ontology in the 16th and 17th century. We also consider the use of Ramean style diagrams and diagrammatic ontology in general. A modern implementation of Lorhard’s ontology is discussed and this classical ontology is compared to some modern ontologies.

Keywords

Ontology diagrammatical reasoning conceptual structures 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Øhrstrøm
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sara L. Uckelman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Henrik Schärfe
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University 
  2. 2.Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, Universiteit van Amsterdam 

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