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Dynamic ontology as an ontological framework of anticipatory systems

Vesselin Petrov (Currently Senior Scientific Fellow in the Department of Ontology and Epistemology at the Institute for Philosophical Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 June 2010




The paper aims to investigate what is the best ontological framework of anticipatory systems. Its aim is to argue the thesis that the ontology on which anticipatory systems are based should be a dynamic one: a kind of process ontology. It seeks to include a demonstration of the fruitfulness of such an ontological framework for the investigation of anticipatory systems.


The methodology of the paper is a process ontological one. The objectives are achieved by a comparative analysis of the static and dynamic approaches to the ontological framework.


A process ontological framework is a reliable basis for the substantiation of the thesis that there is no great gap between living and non‐living systems as far as anticipation is concerned.

Practical implications

An example is represented of an anticipatory non‐living system that is artificially created and is programmed as a self‐control system. In this respect the paper has some practical implications.


A new approach is suggested to the investigation of anticipatory systems. It could be of interest not only for philosophers, but also for scientists who work on ontology as technology.



Petrov, V. (2010), "Dynamic ontology as an ontological framework of anticipatory systems", Foresight, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 38-49.



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