The Birth of Ontology and the Directed Acyclic Graph

Journal of Knowledge Structures and Systems 3 (1):72-75 (2022)
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Barry Smith recently discussed the diagraphs of book eight of Jacob Lorhard’s Ogdoas scholastica under the heading “birth of ontology” (Smith, 2022; this issue). Here, I highlight the commonalities between the original usage of diagraphs in the tradition of Ramus for didactic purposes and the the usage of their present-day successors–modern ontologies–for computational purposes. The modern ideas of ontology and of the universal computer were born just two generations apart in the breakthrough century of instrumental reason.

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Jobst Landgrebe
State University of New York (SUNY)


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