Danto’s Recipe for Clio: Leveraging Narrativist Insights for Modeling Historiography in Symbolic Knowledge Bases

By Robert C. Kahlert.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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It is an ongoing research issue how to appropriately model historiographical information and historiographical arguments in large-scale common sense symbolic knowledge bases that employ first or higher-order logic for deductive reasoning about historical events. Due to the heavy logic focus, it is highly fruitful to review the observations and suggestions made by Arthur C. Danto of the narrativist tradition of analytical philosophy. Danto identifies interpretation expectations, historical laws and a preliminary notion of types as the key elements for formalizing historiographical discourse. In the analysis, we show that the first two of these elements are provided for, but that the third one remains a desideratum. We propose the notion of a recurrent, a knowledge representation equivalent of an abstraction aware of its examples, as the solution to the problem of preliminary types.

Keywords: Analytical Philosophy, Arthur C. Danto, Symbolic Reasoning, Knowledge Bases, Historiography

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.317-324. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 511.133KB).

Robert C. Kahlert

Cycorp Inc., Austin, Texas, USA


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