[sc34wg3] Reification or Representation?

Ann Wrightson sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Fri, 20 Aug 2004 09:08:26 +0100

I agree 100% with what Murray said:

I'm not too worried about confusing the already confused. I think we should
focus on being accurate with our use of language.

However, "accurate" can become v. loaded with righteousness, so let's be
pragmatic & just aim to do the usual computer science thing of choosing our
terms moderately sensibly (which IMO we have done) & making sure they work
consistently in our field (which needs a little more work) ;-)

(Murray: many thanks for the philosophical analysis - I found it a useful
reminder of some alternate explanatory frameworks that I tend to forget,
though from what I remember of my study of philosophy, it's not a field
where current thinking can be assumed to have any more relevance or
correctness than earlier work...)

Ann W.