First let us look up the definitions of the
key terms in Webster's NewWorld Dictionary.
1. the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being, reality, or ultimate substance: cf. PHENOMENOLOGY
2. pl. ontologies a particular theory about being or reality
1. the philosophical study of phenomena, as distinguished from ontology
2. the branch of science that classifies and describes its phenomena without any attempt at metaphysical explanation
1. an undertaking; project;
specif., a) a bold, difficult, dangerous, or important undertaking
b) a business venture or company
As we shall see, the philosophical word senses of `ontology' may be
farther away from its emerging meaning in computer science
than is word sense 2. of `phenomenology'.
Concerning `enterprise', we are interested here both
in word sense 1. a), as the broader term, and in b), as the narrower term.
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