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The branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of being.

on·tol′o·gist n.


an expert in or student of ontology
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Positive science deals only with phenomena, yet you are foolish enough to strive to be ontologists and to deal with noumena.
The oriental ontologist seems to have no intention to speak.
14) Thesleff (2013) gives us a more conservative ontologist, wary of the negative and reluctant to make too much of it, least of all by countenancing Forms of that nature.
Yet, no serious metaphysician or ontologist can fail to be drawn into the challenges presented.
That is particularly true if you are an object-oriented ontologist, one of those, you know, that says that, "there is a world here": the cup, and then the table, and then everything else--these different worlds that are sunk inexorably into themselves.
Names, characters, objects, and, of course, quirky lists of things, like aardvarks, baseball, and galaxies; or grilled cheeses, commandos, and Lake Michigan--these ("Latourian litanies," as they are called) salt the prose of every object-oriented ontologist.
For the sake of introducing this problem early, I shall borrow the phraseology of the object oriented ontologist Levi Bryant: what we are dealing with in the eventual displacement of the current marriage is the problem of the hegemony of epistemology.
12) In this Note, the CDF stated that the original motive for the 1887 decree was to warn against idealist, ontologist, and subjectivist interpretations of certain propositions of Rosmini.
Heidegger (1889-1976) was called an ontologist because he focused on being as separate from thought in the existential perspective.
Although Heidegger has been read as "an ontologist, an existentialist, an anti-humanist, a proto-postmodernist, a phenomenologist, a theologian, a reclusive sage, and even a cultural critic" (7), it was "theology departments and philosophy departments at religiously affiliated schools" that "offered the earliest home to Heidegger's work in the United States.
Iroegbu captures the attitude of the ontologists in these words: "For our two ontologist-demonstrators, Anselm and Descartes; just agree on our definition of God, and you necessarily agree that He, God exists".
A lot of what researchers are looking for in both domains--research and people--is finding the significant overlap in a person's activities and expertise," says Melissa Haendel, lead ontologist and assistant professor at the Oregon Health & Science University Library.

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