Ontology and Cognition: Spatial Entities and Spatial Relations
The topic of this course is spatial ontology. We will consider what kinds of spatial entities there are and what kinds of spatial relations hold among these entities. We will focus on the following (possible) spatial entities: regions, holes, and geographical objects.
Besides the four regular sessions on Tuesday afternoon, we will have two intensive one-day workshops, one on Sat., August 10 and one on Sat., September 27.
Grades will be determined as follows:
40% 30-60 minute presentation either during the Tuesday sessions or at the Sat. 9/27 workshop.
60% One double-spaced 10-15 page paper, due November 15. Please discuss your paper topic with me by the end of the 3rd week of class.
Tues, Aug 26 Introduction to spatial ontology
Vieu, 1997, "Spatial Representation and
Reasoning in Artificial Intelligence" in O. Stock ed. Spatial and
Sat, Aug 30 Spatial Ontology Workshop, , 280 Park Hall with presentations by Thomas Bittner, Maureen Donnelly, Lou Goldberg, and David Mark
Tues, Sept 2 Space, Places, and Movement
The Leibniz/Clarke Correspondence, especially the following passages:
Leibniz's 3th paper (V): 4, 5
Leibniz's 4th paper (VII): 6, 7, 13, 18, 41
Leibniz's 5th paper (IX): 27-33, 47, 52, 104-106
G. Nerlich, 1973, "Hands, Knees, and Absolute Space" The Journal of
Philosophy 70: 12, 337-351. ftp
L. Sklar, 1974, "Incongruous Counterparts, Intrinsic Features, and the
Substantiviality of Space" The Journal of
Philosophy 71: 9, 277-290.
Tues, Sept 9 Holes
D. Lewis, S. Lewis, 1970, "Holes", Australasian Journal of
Philosophy 48, 206-212. ftp
A. Varzi, 1994, Holes and Other Superficialities
MIT Press, Chapters 1- 4.
A. Cohn, D. Randell, Z. Cui, 1994 "Taxonomies of Logically Defined
Qualitative Spatial Relations" in N. Guarino, R. Poli, ed. Formal
Ontology in Conceptual Analysis and Knowledge Representation
A. Cohn, "A Hierachical Representation of Qualitative Shape based
on Connection and Convexity". ftp
Tues Sept 16 Geographical Objects
R. Casati, B. Smith, A. Varzi, 1998 "Ontological Tools for Geographic
Representation" in N. Guarino ed. Formal Ontology in Information
M. Donnelly, B. Smith, 2003 "Layers: A New Approach to Locating
Objects in Space" presented at COSIT'03. ftp
B. Smith, 2001, "Fiat Objects" Topoi 20: 131-148. ftp
B. Smith, L. Zaibert, 2001 "The Metaphysics of Real Estate" Topoi 20:
Sat Sept 27 Student Workshop, , 280 Park Hall