The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 13, 1998


Andrzej Chmielecki
Pages 14-20

A Vindication of Ontology

I argue that ontology, when distinguished from metaphysics and taken to mean the most general theory of reality, is a genuinely cognitive enterprise. Thus it follows that ontology, and not epistemology, lays the foundation for all philosophical thought. The main task of ontology is to elaborate a conceptual framework that can deal with all domains of being (material and spiritual, real as well as ideal) and then solve problems appearing at the point of contact between different domains of being.