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    Social Kinds: A User's Manual
    Dissertation, University at Buffalo. 2022.
    This is a dissertation in social ontology, whose goal is to defend a constructivist account of social kinds. First, I show how there is no fully satisfactory characterization or definition of the social, but that we can rely on an intuitive understanding on which entities count as social entities. Second, I clarify what I mean by ‘social category’ or ‘social kind,’ which I define as a partition of entities that bear and share certain social properties. Third, I argue against what I call ‘Natural…Read more
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    Social Kinds, Social Objects, and Vague Boundaries
    Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Ontology of Social, Legal and Economic Entities (SoLEE). 2021.
    In this paper, I argue against what I call “natural realism” about social kinds, the view according to which social categories have natural boundaries, independent of our thought. First, I draw a distinction between two different types of entity realism, one being about the existence of the entity, “ontological realism”, and the other one being about the direct mind-independence of the entity, “natural realism”. After endorsing ontological realism, I present the natural realist argument accordin…Read more
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    SNOMED CT standard ontology based on the ontology for general medical science
    with Shaker El-Sappagh, Ali Farman, and Kyung-Sup Kwak
    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 76 (18): 1-19. 2018.
    Background: Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine—Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT, hereafter abbreviated SCT) is acomprehensive medical terminology used for standardizing the storage, retrieval, and exchange of electronic healthdata. Some efforts have been made to capture the contents of SCT as Web Ontology Language (OWL), but theseefforts have been hampered by the size and complexity of SCT. Method: Our proposal here is to develop an upper-level ontology and to use it as the basis for defining the t…Read more
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    L'identità diacronica fra ontologia e metafisica
    Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Junior 2 (5): 66-81. 2014.
    In this paper, I tackle the problem of diachronic identity. Far from providing a criterion for identity over time, the aim of this work is to understand if this issue pertains to ontology, conceived as that part of philosophy that tries to answer the question about what entities exist, or metaphysics, conceived as that part of philosophy that tries to explain, of those entities, what they are. On the face of it, only metaphysics has the task to solve this problem, but I argue that this is false.…Read more