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Key Terms in 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

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

Selected and annotated Bibliography of studies on Parmenides in English:

A - B

C - E

F - G

H - K

L - Mos

Mou - Q

R - Sta

Ste - Z

Bibliographies on Parmenides in other languages:

Bibliographie des études en Français

Bibliografia degli studi in Italiano

Bibliographie der Studien auf Deutsch

Bibliografía de estudios en Español

Bibliografía de estudos em Português

Aristotle and the Problem of the Subject Matter of First Philosophy

The Rediscovery of the Corpus Aristotelicum and the Beginning of the Commentary Tradition

The Neoplatonic Commentators on Aristotle's Metaphysics

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

Stoic Ontology

Proceedings of the Symposia on Ancient Philosophy

Proceedings of Symposium Platonicum, Aristotelicum Hellenisticum

Selected Bibliography on Diogenes Laërtius

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

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

The Problem of Nonbeing. History of Nonexistence


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

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

Mathesis universalis: the Search for a Universal Science

The Rediscovery of Ontology in Contemporary Thought

(under construction)

History of the Doctrine of Categories

The Doctrine of Categories from an Historical Perspective. Introduction

Aristotle's Categories. Annotated Bibliography of the studies in English:

First part: A - C

Second part: D - H

Third part: I - O

Fourth part: P - Z

Bibliographie der deutschen Studien zur Aristoteles Kategorien

Bibliographie des études en français sur les Catégories d'Aristote

Bibliografia degli studi italiani sulle Categorie di Aristotele

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

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)