Conceptual Realism as a Formal Ontology

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


A formal ontology is both a theory of logical form and a metaphysical theory about the ontological structure of the world. What makes it a theory of logical form is that different ontological categories or modes of being are represented in it by different logico-grammatical categories. It is specified in this regard by what might be called an ontological grammar that determines how the expressions of those logico-grammatical categories can be meaningfully combined so as to represent different ontological aspects of the world.


Natural Kind Natural Property Formal Ontology Intensional Object Predicate Variable 
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