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Towards An Implementation Of Jacob Lorhard's Ontology As A Digital Resource For Historical And Conceptual Research In Early Seventeenth-Century Thought

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In this chapter, the author argues that Jacob Lorhard's work on ontology should be regarded as an important resource, not only for professional historians of ideas, but also for researchers working within formal ontology and its use for various computational purposes. It outlines the historical background for Jacob Lorhard's ontology and the importance of his work as seen in a longer and broader perspective. The chapter discusses some crucial features of Jacob Lorhard's ontology, conceived as a systematic representation of his world view. It also discusses how Jacob Lorhard's ontology can be implemented as a digital resource for historical and conceptual research into seventeenth century thought. This digital resource will open up Lorhards work to professional historians and researchers within the field of formal ontology who want to see their work in a broader perspective, and thereby encourage transdisciplinary debate on the nature of ontology.

Keywords: digital resource; formal ontology; Jacob Lorhard; seventeenth century thought; transdisciplinary debate



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