An Ontological Theory of Physical Objects

  title={An Ontological Theory of Physical Objects},
  author={Stefano Borgo and Nicola Guarino and Claudio Masolo},
We discuss an approach to a theory of physical objects and present a logical theory based on a fundamental distinction between objects and their substrates, i.e. chunks of matter and regions of space . The purpose is to establish the basis of a general ontology of space, matter and physical objects for the domain of mechanical artifacts. An extensional mereological framework is assumed for substrates, whereas physical objects are allowed to change their spatial and material substrate while… CONTINUE READING
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