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Re: URIs for Concepts: Best Practices

From: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 16:21:39 +0100
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20040423161658.00bc1698@127.0.0.1>
To: Kal Ahmed <kal@techquila.com>
Cc: "'public-esw-thes@w3.org'" <public-esw-thes@w3.org>, "'public-esw@w3.org'" <public-esw@w3.org>

At 10:08 23/04/04 +0100, Kal Ahmed wrote:
>I would prefer to say that the described thing is the abstract concept of 
>Dog (Dog-ness ?) because the word "class" can be misinterpreted as meaning 
>the OWL class Dog, for example. But I think you understood me correctly.

[ref. "dog-ness"...]

I'm reminded of a piece by Quine [1] - his base example is "rabbit", and he 
comes up with terms like "rabbithood" and "rabbiteth" to illustrate the 
linguistic challenges of determining what is indicated.

#g
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[1] W. V. Quine, "Speaking of Objects", in "Ontological Relativity and 
Other Essays"



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