Ontological Indeterminacy and the Semantic Web

@article{Ginsberg2008OntologicalIA,
  title={Ontological Indeterminacy and the Semantic Web},
  author={Allen Ginsberg},
  journal={Int. J. Semantic Web Inf. Syst.},
  year={2008},
  volume={4},
  pages={19-48}
}
  • A. Ginsberg
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Int. J. Semantic Web Inf. Syst.
Ontological indeterminacy (OI) involves incompatible conceptual systems being applicable to a domain with equal empirical adequacy; a phenomenon familiar in philosophy, but also present in the sciences and everyday life. This article presents arguments and a detailed use-case showing how OI causes problems for what seems to be a widespread, if implicit, understanding of how semantic Web (SW) terms refer or have meaning, namely: the referent/meaning of a SW term is established through precise… 

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