Formal and Material Ontology

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We owe the concept of formal ontology to Husserl, who called it the ‘formal theory’ of objects. However, the concept of formal as used by Husserl in his definition should not be understood in the conventional sense, since in his thought ‘formal’ is equivalent to ‘categorial’; it is closely connected with the structures of the intentional acts and, as we shall see, has morphodynamic implications.


Formal Ontology Perceptive Content Perceptive Field Syntactic Form Foundation Relation 
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