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Buffalo Ontology Site
Information on ontology, on the history of ontology, and on contemporary ontology and its applications.
The Identity of Indiscernibles
A principle of analytic ontology first explicitly formulated by Leibniz. It states that no two distinct substances exactly resemble each other.
An article describing tropes in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, by John Bacon.
Descriptive and Formal Ontology
An extensive resource site on the development of ontology, especially in the twentieth century.
Holes are an interesting case-study for ontologists and epistemologists. From the Stanford Encyclopedia.
Survey of philosophical views on the character and status of events; from the Stanford Encyclopedia, by Roberto Casati and Achille Varzi.
Discussion of the thesis that everything is physical; by Daniel Stoljar.
Survey of attempts to draw the distinction between concrete and abstract objects; from the Stanford Encyclopedia by Gideon Rosen.
Qualia: The Knowledge Argument
Aims to establish that conscious experience involves non-physical properties. It is one of the most discussed arguments against physicalism; from the Stanford Encyclopedia by Martine Nida-Rümelin.
What is Ontology?
Collected definitions, from leading philosophical reference works and from philosophers from Wolff to Husserl.
Why Does Anything Exist?
Sequence of short essays on this topic.
Metaphysics of Quality
Robert M. Pirsig deals with the fundamentals of existence and attempts to provide a more coherent system for understanding reality than current paradigms allow.
Survey article from the Stanford Encyclopedia, by Barry Miller.
The Metaphysics of Blue
On the nature of consciousness - looking for soul in a soulless world.
The Shift of Aspect in Language and Thought
Notes on the relational element in the assertion that things exist. Patterned on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations.
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