Ontology vs Vocabulary - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between ontology and vocabulary
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 vocabulary
is a usually alphabetized and explained collection of words eg of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(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.
(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:
(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.
- The answer to the controversial question of whether Aristotle's ontology includes non-substantial particulars, then, is that it does.
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.
* formal 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
* Dictionary of Philosophy'', (editor), Philosophical Library (1962); ''see:
"Ontology" by James K. Feibleman, page 219
" 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
A usually alphabetized and explained collection of words e.g. of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.
The collection of words a person knows and uses.
The stock of words used in a particular field.
- My Russian vocabulary is very limited.
The words of a language collectively.
- The vocabulary of social sciences is often incomprehensible to ordinary people.
A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques
- The vocabulary of any language is influenced by contacts with other cultures.
* defining vocabulary
* controlled vocabulary
* extended vocabulary
* wordhoard (obsolete)