From Aristotle to semantic analysis
– The need to organise information efficiently and reliably is more important than ever, argues Allan Gajadhar
Libraries and academies have existed since ancient times to promote and order our understanding of our world. From earliest history, myths and legends arose that provided some explanation of the natural world and its forces to early humans. Sages and thinkers in ancient cultures around the globe all produced attempts at understanding the natural and supernatural with a variety of ontological concepts. The word ontology itself has its origins in ancient philosophy as the study of being. Early Western philosophers such as Aristotle came up with some of the earliest attempts at categorising knowledge, as well as some of the earliest analysis of the basic notion of ontology, or the study of being.