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Of or relating to essence or the nature of being; ontological.
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relating to or having real existence
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(ˈɒn tɪk)

possessing the character of real rather than phenomenal existence.
[1940–45; < Greek ont- (see onto-) + -ic]
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In this book no evidence is also construed as evidence, as in the following statement: "If we consider some of the key points in Paradise Regained at which Milton dilates the biblical narrative, we can understand why the poem does not explicitly invoke 'charity,' but instead implies that the Son embodies the unity between ontic charity (love that he shares with the Father) and ethical charity" (193).
Matter takes on various properties, and in this way, the great chain of being is manifest, as is a full range of ontic perfections.
But the very method arises out of the school's basic presuppositions, which reject the "relational ontology" of German existentialism and impose an "ontic" (one might even say Platonic) understanding of justification on Lutherans rather than study figures in relation to their context.
This more explicit engagement with politics Elden now traces to the influence of Plato: 'If there is a political sense that emerges around this time, it seems important to recognise that one of the crucial elements in this story is not merely Heidegger's reference to peoples like Oswald Spengler, Ludwig Klages and Leopold Ziegler, but his relation to Plato, rather than Aristotle.' (p.73) It is here that Heidegger begins to adapt the language, or in Elden's colourful language 'ontic mud,' of modern politics into his lectures as we witness the transcribing of ancient Greek polemos into the modern German Kampf.
acknowledges that, within ecclesiology, pneumatological assertions are for Barth noetic glosses to the ontic relation of the baptized to the Christ.
The term representation implies that objects or persons or logical structures of language that are part of a fictional world represent, or may represent, other ontic or logical relations within the nonfictional world.
If this reasoning is accepted, one is forced to adopt an individual and ontic interpretation of all theories involved in a reduction of chemical theories.
Bergsonism is said, interestingly, to have contributed to this emergence (somewhat paradoxically so, perhaps, since while Bergsonian subjectivity of aesthetic feeling undoes the axes of reference of universalist, rationalist models, it remains true that this philosopher epitomizes an ontic rootedness from which formalism cuts itself adrift).
How do they differ from the ontic and political assumptions of constitutional forms of the State as defined by various types of communicative reason?
The "rites" of the title may certainly be said to evoke the poietic as an obsessive, ceremonial gesturing, just as each poem may be read as an "offering," but it is more important to perceive the degree to which each of the nearly five hundred sonnets here recognizes as primary, transcendent, the experience of the self's traversal of presence's sacredness and constitutes an expression of gratitude to those choses du simple, as Yves Bonnefoy would call them, already offered in the multicolored splendor of their ontic mystery.
My connection with this ontic flux has been strengthened by training in aikido.
Anyone who has read the opening sections of Being and Time knows Heidegger's answer to the query, "Does God exist?" The question itself must be questioned, he would claim, It is not properly framed, for it predetermines God in ontic (object-like) form.