Ontological Cognition: A Working Paper

39 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2012

Date Written: November 15, 2012


Ontological cognition is about the cognitive apparatus we use to organize the world into different kinds of things according to their powers and capacities: animal, vegetable, mineral; living, non-living; human, non-human; etc. As such it differs from the philosophical discipline of ontology, which is about the world itself, not our thoughts about the world. As ontological cognition snakes through many disciplines these reflections run from Wittgenstein through literature and the Great Chain of Being to computation and knowledge representation (KR).

Keywords: ontology, knowledge representation, cognition, cognitive science, wittgenstein, object-oriented ontology, philosophy

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Ontological Cognition: A Working Paper (November 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176024 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2176024

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