Applied ontology: A new discipline is born

Philosophy Today 12 (29):5-6 (1998)
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The discipline of applied ethics already has a certain familiarity in the Anglo-Saxon world, above all through the work of Peter Singer. Applied ethics uses the tools of moral philosophy to resolve practical problems of the sort which arise, for example, in the running of hospitals. In the University at Buffalo (New York) there was organized on April 24-25 1998 the world's first conference on a new, sister discipline, the discipline of applied ontology. Applied ontologists seek to apply ontological tools to solving practical problems of the sort which arise in various extra-philosophical domains, including law and government administration

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Barry Smith
University at Buffalo


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