Ontological Frameworks for Scientific Theories

  title={Ontological Frameworks for Scientific Theories},
  author={Jonas Rafael Becker Arenhart},
  journal={Foundations of Science},
  • J. Arenhart
  • Published 8 April 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Foundations of Science
A close examination of the literature on ontology may strike one with roughly two distinct senses of this word. According to the first of them, which we shall call traditional ontology, ontology is characterized as the a priori study of various “ontological categories”. In a second sense, which may be called naturalized ontology, ontology relies on our best scientific theories and from them it tries to derive the ultimate furniture of the world. From a methodological point of view these two… 

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