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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Ontological.

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  • adj. Ontological.
  • adj. Whatever pertains to being generally, as opposed some theory of it (which would be ontology).
  • adj. The intransitive objects of some specific, historically determinate, scientific investigation.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ὄν (ōn, "being’, ‘existing’, ‘essence") +‎ -ic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For example, Husserl will have us strip away our pregiven assumptions, ending in ontic meaning.

    Aiguy's Computer

  • And in his recent writings, as the actual--or, in his Heideggerian terminology, the "ontic"--possibility of revolution recedes, its "ontological" importance has increased.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • For Heidegger, the ordinary busy-work of puzzle-solving in mathematics is called "ontic" inquiry, whereas deeper questions about the very nature of the subject matter of this domain are called "ontological."

    enowning

  • Heidegger explicates the concepts of "ontic" and "ontological" through a consideration of science in section 3 of Being and Time.

    enowning

  • In the end, Weber's ethical project is not about formal analysis of moral maxims, nor is it about substantive virtues that reflect some kind of ontic telos.

    Asthmatic

  • All this talk about "ontic" and "espistemic" is interesting, but are we forgetting there is an underlying reality being spoken of here?

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  • You Said - All this talk about "ontic" and "espistemic" is interesting, but are we forgetting there is an underlying reality being spoken of here?

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  • (In contrast, an ontic structural realist holds that the structure of reality is the only thing which exists).

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Last year's winner of the Templeton Prize, Michael Heller, can perhaps be classified as an ontic structural realist, hence it seems that all the philosophical bases are being covered here.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Life could not function if life was unable to share its designs; and so error recognition and design are implicated in self recognition and in the discovery of ontic meaning given sufficient disclosure.

    Ambiguity Tolerance

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  • /ˈɒntɪk/

    August 24, 2009

  • ontic

    /ontik/

    • adjective Philosophy relating to entities and the facts about them.

    — ORIGIN from Greek on ‘being’.

    - The Compact Oxford English Dictionary

    August 24, 2009