- experience and evidence based experimental ontology
Science studies and philosophy of science has for some time been hesitant about dealing directly with the ontology of research.
The study of ontology today is either understood in the classical sense as metaphysics - a contemporary theoretical discipline rooted in the traditions of analytic and continental philosophy - or as a field close to computer science dealing with construction of formal knowledge systems, knowledge engineering, etc.
We will take a third approach to ontology: that of combining perspectives from the history and philosophy of science, science studies, and philosophy of nature, to investigate ontologies as they funcion in the practice of present day science and scholarship.
We work by standard scientific and scholarly methods of inquiry, but we are also open play and alternative forms of exploration, for instance, art, dance, and music focusing on ontology.
Studies of different epistemological and ontological aspects of scientific and scholarly inquiry has for a long time been separated. Perhaps time is ripe for combining the efforts.
(Claus Emmeche, April 29, 2009)
People in the Expontology group at the CPNSS, see staff page here