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By J. Alberto Coffa

This significant book is a background of the semantic culture in philosophy from the early 19th century via its incarnation within the paintings of the Vienna Circle, the gang of logical positivists that emerged within the years 1925-1935 in Vienna who have been characterized by way of a powerful dedication to empiricism, a excessive regard for technological know-how, and a conviction that sleek good judgment is the first software of analytic philosophy. within the first a part of the booklet, Alberto Coffa strains the roots of logical positivism in a semantic culture that arose against Kant's conception priori wisdom is predicated on natural instinct and the constitutive powers of the brain. partly II, Coffa chronicles the improvement of this custom via individuals and colleagues of the Vienna Circle. a lot of Coffa's research attracts at the unpublished notes and correspondence of many philosophers. The ebook, notwithstanding, isn't in basic terms a historical past of the semantic culture from Kant 'to the Vienna Station'. Coffa additionally severely reassesses the function of semantic notions in knowing the floor of a priori wisdom and its relation to empirical wisdom and questions the flip the culture has taken considering the fact that Vienna.

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We want to finish this section noticing one relationship that we have found between the two mentioned perspectives tackling the semantic interoperability issue in the introduction. In [1] the authors of the cream system, that consider the data integration perspective, define 12 different message types for a semantic mediator communication protocol, namely ask-all, ask-if, deliver, detect, generate, locate, reconcile, reply-all, reply-if, report, resolve-if and tell. The protocol contains message types for encapsulating all basic communication events they might need.

The same-as relation denotes that c and c are equivalent, while the kind-of and part-of relations denote that c and c are related by a specialization relation and a composition relation, respectively. Finally, the associates relation denotes that c and c are related by a generic positive semantic association. In Figure 1, examples of how OWL constructs are mapped on such semantic relations are given. Like linguistic features, also contextual features are weighted in H-Match. In particular, we associate a weight Wsp to strong properties, and a weight Wwp to weak properties, with Wsp ≥ Wwp to capture the different importance each kind of property has in characterizing the concept.

The term affinity function A(t, t ) → [0, 1] evaluates the affinity between two terms t and t based on the thesaurus. The term affinity function is borrowed from Artemis and it is reported here for the sake of clarity. A(t, t ) of two terms t and t is equal to the value of the highest-strength path of terminological relationships between them in T h if at least one path exists, and is zero otherwise. k {Wt→ni t } if k ≥ 1 0 otherwise (1) where: k is the number of paths between t and t in T h; t →ni t denotes the ith path of length n ≥ 1; Wt→ni t = W1tr · W2tr · .

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