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A06: Logic and ontology of the cognitive representation of theories: Frames, sentences and models in comparison



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Funding period 1: 01.07.2015 – 30.06.2019

Project A06 investigates frame-based methods of representing scientific theories, both from a logical and an ontological perspective. This comprises a formal definition of the notion of a classificatory frame and of its logical counterpart. As a test case, (parts of) the theory of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG), the grammatical framework used in B01 and D04, will be represented with frames. Furthermore, this approach will be compared to the two traditional representation methods in philosophy of science, namely the representation of theories (i) as sets of sentences (e.g., Carnap) and (ii) as classes of models (e.g., Sneed).

Head of the project

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schurz
Institut für Philosophie
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Telefon: +49 211 81-129 14
E-Mail: schurz@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de


Dr. David Hommen
Phone: +49(0)211 81-15265
Email: hommen@phil.hhu.de

Former staff

Dr. Stefan Kornmesser
Email: Stephan.Kornmesser@uni-duesseldorf.de


Hommen, David (to appear). Ontological commitments of frame-based knowledge representations. Synthese.

Kornmesser, Stephan (to appear). A frame-based approach for operationalized concepts. In Michela Massimi, Jan-Willem Romeijn, and Gerhard Schurz (Eds.), Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science – EPSA15 Düsseldorf.


Kornmesser, Stephan (2016). A frame-based approach for theoretical concepts. Synthese 193: 145-166.


Schurz, Gerhard & Ioannis Votsis (2013). Reconstructing Scientific Theory Change by Means of Frames. In T. Gamerschlag et al. (eds.), Frames and Concept Types. Application in Language and Philosophy, Springer, New York, 93-119.


Votsis, Ioannis & Gerhard Schurz (2012). A Frame-Theoretic Analysis of Two Rival Conceptions of Heat. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 43(1), 105-114.


Hommen, David. Ontological commitments of frame-based methods of sentence reconstruction. Talk to be held at the Third Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Issues. December 2016.

Hommen David & Gerhard Schurz. Talk held at the Cognitive Structures: Linguistic, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives, 9/16/2016

Hommen, David. Prolegomena to an ontology of frames. Talk held at the Research Seminar of the Düsseldorf Center of Logic and Philosophy of Science, 6/21/2016