Ontological foundations for conceptual modelling

@article{Guizzardi2008OntologicalFF,
  title={Ontological foundations for conceptual modelling},
  author={Giancarlo Guizzardi and Terry A. Halpin},
  journal={Applied Ontology},
  year={2008},
  volume={3},
  pages={1-12}
}
Etymologically, the term “ontology” means the study of existence. In philosophy, ontology is the branch of metaphysics concerned with the fundamental nature of being, addressing deep questions such as “Do nonphysical things exist?”, “Does an object remain identical to itself when it undergoes change?”, and so on. Ontology in this sense is a mature discipline, with a history of systematic development in western philosophy at least since Aristotle. The business of ontology “. . . is to study the… CONTINUE READING
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