Comments on A.T. McCray, “Conceptualizing the World: Lessons from History”. Ingvar Johansson , Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science, Saarbrücken The sixth IMIA Conference, Ontology and Biomedical Informatics, Rome 29 April – 2 May 2005. Thesis.
Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science,
SaarbrückenThe sixth IMIA Conference, Ontology and Biomedical Informatics,Rome 29 April – 2 May 2005
Thesis: It is necessarily the case that every conceptualization is biased.
Proposal: Recognize bias, and make it explicit.
Thesis: It is probably the case that every conceptualization contains some mismatch.
Proposal: Seek truth, but expect to find truthlikeness.McCray and Me andGunnar Myrdal Karl Popper
Thesis: Ultimate truth is not attainable.
Proposal: Regard your theories as referring to fictions; don’t care about truth and falsity.
Thesis: Probably, ultimate truth is not attainable.
Proposal: Regard your empirical theories as referring to the world; try to find out if they are false.McCray and Me and Hans Vaihinger Karl Popper
When, by means of a term (e.g., ‘heart’), we are referring to something in the world, then this term may:
When, by means of a term (e.g., ‘mountain’), we are referring to something in the world, then this term may:
The noun "cat" has 8 senses in WordNet.1. cat, true cat -- (feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and being unable to roar; domestic cats; wildcats)2. guy, cat, hombre, bozo -- (an informal term for a youth or man; "a nice guy"; "the guy's only doing it for some doll")3. cat -- (a spiteful woman gossip; "what a cat she is!")4. kat, khat, qat, quat, cat, Arabian tea, African tea -- (the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant; "in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults")5. cat-o'-nine-tails, cat -- (a whip with nine knotted cords; "British sailors feared the cat")