Ontology, in philosophy. Usage in (1) analytic philosophy: reflection on which things there are (e.g. Platonism versus nominalism). Usage in (2) continental philosophy: investigation into the foundations of being, including of human being (e.g. Heidegger on Dasein). Ontology, usage in (3) architecture. The contrast pair ontology/representation is often mapped onto the contrast pair structure/facade or frame/skin.
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