Ontology vs Bifurcation - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between ontology and bifurcation

is that ontology is (uncountable|philosophy) the branch of metaphysics that addresses the nature or essential characteristics of being and of things that exist; the study of being qua being while bifurcation is (biology) a division into two branches.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

ontology

Noun

(ontologies)
  • (uncountable, philosophy) The branch of metaphysics that addresses the nature or essential characteristics of being and of things that exist; the study of being qua being.
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  • (countable, philosophy) The theory of a particular philosopher or school of thought concerning the fundamental types of entity in the universe.
  • * 2000 , , Substantial Knowledge: Aristotle's Metaphysics , Hackett Publishing, p. 97:
  • The answer to the controversial question of whether Aristotle's ontology includes non-substantial particulars, then, is that it does.
  • (logic) A logical system involving theory of classes, developed by (1886-1939).
  • (computer science, information science) A structure of concepts or entities within a domain, organized by relationships; a system model.
  • Usage notes

    In the field of philosophy there is some variation in how the term ontology'' is used. ''Ontology'' is a much more recent term than ''metaphysics'' and takes its root meaning explicitly from the Greek term for ''being.'' ''Ontology'' can be used loosely as a rough equivalent to ''metaphysics or more precisely to denote that subset of the domain of metaphysics which is focused rigorously on the study of being as being.

    Holonyms

    * metaphysics

    Derived terms

    * ontologic * ontological * ontologist * ontologistic * formal ontology

    References

    * * * * * * " ontology" by F.P. Siegfried, in The Catholic Encyclopedia (Robert Appleton Company, New York, 1911) * Oxford English Dictionary , second edition (1989) * Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996) * Dictionary of Philosophy'', (editor), Philosophical Library (1962); ''see: "Ontology" by James K. Feibleman, page 219 * " Ontology" by Tom Gruber to appear in the Encyclopedia of Database Systems, Ling Liu and M. Tamer Özsu (editors), Springer-Verlag (2008) English words suffixed with -ology

    bifurcation

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (biology) A division into two branches.
  • (by extension) Any place where one thing divides into two.
  • The act of bifurcating; branching or dividing in two.
  • Either of the forks or other branches resultant from such a division.
  • (geography) A place where two roads, tributaries etc. part or meet.
  • (nautical) The point where a channel divides when proceeding from seaward.
  • (mathematics) The change in the qualitative or topological structure of a given family as decribed by bifurcation theory.
  • (computer science) A command that executes one block or other of commands depending on the result of a condition.
  • Synonyms

    * (division into two branches) branched, branching, forked, forking

    Derived terms

    * bifurcation theory