Theory and History of Ontology

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  • "History Logic" and "Bibliographia" are my other websites. "Table of Contents" gives the list of the pages, for other indexes see the "Sitemap". "Modern Ontologists" contains a table with links to the pages on the most important philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries who have written on ontology. The "Search" function can be used to find a particular author or subject.




The Vocabulary of Ontology

Being (linguistic and philosophical perspectives)

Existence (definitions from some leading philosophers)

Substance: ancient (the evolution of the concept from Ancient Greeks to Modern Times)

Substance: modern (the concept of Substance in contemporary analytic philosophy)

Selected Ontological Topics

Language and Ontology

Linguistic Relativism (Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis) vs. Universal Grammar

Universal Ontology vs. Ontological Relativity

Modern Theories of Predication

Existence and Predication: the Frege-Russell 'Is' Ambiguity Thesis

Language as Calculus vs. Language as Universal Medium (two traditions in 20th century philosophy)

The Problem of Universals

The Contemporary Debate


Heraclitus and Parmenides: Metaphysics of the One vs. Metaphysics of Being

Parmenides of Elea:

Critical Notes on His Fragments (Diels Kranz fr. 1-3)

Critical Editions and Translations

Studies on Parmenides:

Parmenides A - Cord

Parmenides Corn - G

Parmenides H - Mes

Parmenides Mil - R

Parmenides S - Z

Stoic Philosophy (see also under "History of Logic" and "Doctrine of Categories"):

Stoic Ontology

Aristotle and the Problem of the Subject Matter of First Philosophy

The Rediscovery of the Corpus Aristotelicum and the Birth of Aristotelianism

The studies in English on the Corpus Aristotelicum

The Neoplatonic Commentators on Aristotle's Metaphysics

Eriugena and the Neoplatonic Metaphysics in the Early Middle Ages

Eriugena: Dialectic and Ontology in the Periphyseon

Eriugena, Periphyseon Book I: Aristotelian Logic and Categories

The 'Second Beginning' of Metaphysics

Metaphysics or Ontology? The Debate about the Subject-Matter of First Philosophy


Rise and Fall of Ontology in the Modern Era from Suárez to Kant

Birth of a New Science: the History of Ontology from Suárez to Kant

Bibliography of the Ontologists from 16th to 18th Centuries: I. From Fonseca to Poinsot (1560 - 1644)

Bibliography of the Ontologists from 16th to 18th Centuries: II. From Scheibler to Lambert (1645 - 1777)

The Rediscovery of Ontology in Contemporary Thought

(under construction)

History of the Doctrine of Categories

The Doctrine of Categories from an Historical Perspective. Introduction

The Stoic Doctrine of Supreme Genera (Categories)

Ancient Greek Commentaries on Aristotle's Categories

Latin Medieval Commentaries on Aristotle's Categories

Latin Medieval Commentators of Aristotle's Categories

History of Truth in Western Philosophy

The Concept of Truth in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

Truth in Ancient Greek Authors from Homer to the Hellenistic Period

Theories of Truth in Medieval Philosophy

Truth in Medieval Authors from Hilary of Poitiers to Paul of Venice

The Problem of Universals from the Antiquity to Middle Ages

Universals in Antiquity and Middle Ages

Pages on the History of Philosophy

Proceedings of Symposium Platonicum, Aristotelicum Hellenisticum

Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius. A Bibliography

Entia Rationis. History of the Theories on Non-existent Objects

Mathesis universalis: the Search for a Universal Science

Other Topics

Study Guide for Non-Western Philosophy

Study Guide for Comparative Philosophy (a selection of reference works about non-Western ontology and logic)

African Philosophy. A Survey of Contemporary Studies (introductory works and studies about African conceptions of Being and Truth)

Chinese Logic (a survey of contemporary studies)

Indian Logic and Ontology: A - L

Indian Logic and Ontology: M - Z

Indian Logicians

Buddhist Logic (Indian and Tibetan developments of Buddhist logic)

Islamic (Arabic and Persian) Logic and Ontology (the introduction of Greek philosophy in the Islamic world)

On the website "History of Logic"