[27 July 2008]
The more I think about RDF’s goal of providing a monotonic semantics for RDF graphs (under pressure in part from my colleague Thomas Roessler, to whom thanks), the more the RDF triple seems to be an attempt to operationalize Wittgenstein’s notion of atomic fact, with all the advantages and disadvantages that that entails. Is this an insight, or just a blazing truism? Or false?
Interesting that this possibility seems to run counter to Steve Pepper’s remark “RDF/OWL is to Aristotle as Topic Maps is to Wittgenstein.” Perhaps SP has the Wittgenstein of the