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Dynamic ontology as an ontological framework of anticipatory systems

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PurposeThe paper aims to investigate what is the best ontological framework of anticipatory systems. Its aim is to argue the thesis that the ontology on which anticipatory systems are based should be a dynamic one: a kind of process ontology. It seeks to include a demonstration of the fruitfulness of such an ontological framework for the investigation of anticipatory systems. Design/methodology/approachThe methodology of the paper is a process ontological one. The objectives are achieved by a comparative analysis of the static and dynamic approaches to the ontological framework. FindingsA process ontological framework is a reliable basis for the substantiation of the thesis that there is no great gap between living and non-living systems as far as anticipation is concerned. Practical implicationsAn example is represented of an anticipatory non-living system that is artificially created and is programmed as a self-control system. In this respect the paper has some practical implications. Originality/valueA new approach is suggested to the investigation of anticipatory systems. It could be of interest not only for philosophers, but also for scientists who work on ontology as technology.
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Keywords: Dynamics; Philosophical concepts; Systems theory

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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