Hermeneutic Consistency, Structured Ontology and Mereology as embodied in Facet Theory and the Mapping Sentence

Koval, Erin and Hackett, Paul M ORCID: 0000-0002-9365-8084 (2016) Hermeneutic Consistency, Structured Ontology and Mereology as embodied in Facet Theory and the Mapping Sentence. In: Structure and Measurement in Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration. Facet Theory Association, pp. 106-113.

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From its inception and development through the work of Louis Guttman in the 1940’s (Guttman, 1947) facet theory has assumed a philosophical stance regarding its subject matter: human beings (Hackett, 2014). In this paper we will consider some of these assumptions and how they have shaped facet theory through the use of its major instrument the mapping sentence. We propose that three words/phrases characterise facet theory: hermeneutic consistency, structured ontology and mereology. Hermeneutical relates to a method of interpretation (Heidegger, 2008, Gadamer, 2004) in their work on knowledge and truth. The phrase hermeneutic consistency refers to the ability to achieve a coherent explanation of an informational source. The second phrase, structured ontology, brings together the concept of ontology or the underlying nature of experience where structured ontology explicates such understanding within a determinate structure. Finally, mereology is the study of part-to-whole and part-to-part relationships within an entity. Thus, it is evident that facet theory and specifically the mapping sentence is well characterised through the use of these terms. In the present paper we will discuss the philosophical meanings of each of these three phrases and word and consider the applied implications of these upon facet theory research.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Paper presented at the 15th International Facet Theory Conference, Fordham University, New York City, USA. August 16-19 2015.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 11:20
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:05
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4569

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