Robert Arp Curriculum Vitae
Various meanings of 'Ontology'
"Ontology: Not Just for Philosophers Anymore" (November 27, 2007) slides
Ontology Research Group (ORG)
Ontology, Logic, and Technology Unit (OLT)
University at Buffalo
National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO)
Ontologist and Data Modeler
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Robert Arp works as an adjunct professor of philosophy,
as well as an ontologist and data modeler for various governement
contracts, in the Washington, D.C. area.
He was a Research Associate with the National
Center for Biomedical Ontology and
worked with the Ontology Research Group at the
New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences
doing research in foundational ontology and ontology development
related to the biomedical domain. He also has interests in philosophy of biology, having published the following books thus far:
Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving, (MIT Press, 2008).
Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, as co-editor with Alex Rosenberg).
Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, as co-editor with Francisco Ayala).
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO), 2005
Arp, R. (2008). Scenario Visualization:
An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Rosenberg, A. & Arp, R. (2009).
Philosophy of Biology:
An Anthology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Ayala, F. & Arp, R. (2009).
Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Terzis, G. & Arp, R. (2010). Information and Living Systems:
Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives. MIT Press, forthcoming.
PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS AND BOOK CHAPTERS (Selected)
“Ontology: Not Just for Philosopher’s Anymore,” Practical Philosophy, (2010) 10, 1: 81-103.
“Ontologies of Cellular Networks,” with Barry Smith, Science Signaling (2008) 1: mr2.
“Function, Role, and Disposition in Basic Formal Ontology,” with Barry Smith, Bio-Ontologies 2008: Knowledge in Biology, 2008.
“Radiological and Biomedical Knowledge Integration: The Ontological Way,” with Rethy Chhem, Cesare Romagnoli, and James Overton, in Scholarship in Radiology Education: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (chapter 8, pp. 87-104). Rethy Chhem, Kathy Hilbert, and Teresa Van Deven (eds.), Springer, 2009.
“Realism and Antirealism in Informatics Ontologies,” The American Philosophical Association: Philosophy and Computers (2009) 9, 1: 19-23.
“Creating a Controlled Vocabulary for the Ethics of Human Research: Towards a Biomedical Ethics Ontology,” with David Koepsell, Jennifer Fostel, and Barry Smith. The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (2009) 4: 43-58.
“Ontologies Just May Save Your Savings Accounts,” in Progress in Economics Research, Volume 16. (chapter 6, pp. 115-129). Albert Tavidze (ed.), Nova Publishers, 2010.
“Philosophical Ontology,” “Domain Ontology,” and “Formal Ontology,” in Key Terms in Logic, Jon Williamson and Federica Russo (eds.). Continuum Press, 2010: 74-75.
“Philosophical Ontology, Domain Ontology, and Formal Ontology.” The Reasoner (2008) 1: 12.
Ontology in the Information Science Sense
Watson, J., & Arp, R. (2008). Checks and Balances: The
Welcomed Tension between Philosophy and Science. The Quarterly Review of
Biology, 83, 1-12.
Arp, R. (2008). Life and the Homeostatic Organization View
of Biological Phenomena. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 4, 260-285.
Arp, R. (2007). Homeostatic Organization, Emergence, and Reduction in Biological Phenomena. Philosophia Naturalis, 44, 238-270..
Arp, R. (2006). Evolution and Two Popular Proposals for the
Definition of Function. Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 37,
Arp, R. (2005). Frege, As-If Platonism, and Pragmatism. Journal of Critical Realism, 4, 1-27.
Arp, R. (2005). The Pragmatic Value of Frege's Platonism for the Pragmatist. Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 19, 22-41.
Arp, R. (2002). Re-thinking Hobbes's Materialistic and Mechanistic Projects. Hobbes Studies, 15, 3-31.
Arp, R. (1999). The Quinque Viae of Thomas Hobbes. History of Philosophy Quarterly, 16, 367-394.
Arp, R. (1998). Hume's Mitigated Skepticism and the Design Argument. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 72, 539-558.
Arp, R. (2008). An Evolutionary Account of Creativity. Arts and Neurosciences Review. Forthcoming.
Arp, R. (2007). Awareness and Consciousness: Switched-On Rheostats. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 14, 101-106.
Arp, R. (2007). Resolving Conflicts in Evolutionary Psychology with Cognitive Fluidity. Southwest Philosophy Review, 35, 91-101.
Arp, R. (2007). Biological Versus Computational
Approaches to Creative Problem Solving. Dynamical Psychology.
Arp, R. (2006). The Environments of Our Hominin Ancestors, Tool
Usage, and Scenario Visualization. Biology & Philosophy, 1, 95-117.
[Reprinted in A. Rosenberg & R. Arp (2009). Philosophy of Biology:
An Anthology. Wiley/Blackwell Publishers.]
Arp, R. (2005). Scenario Visualization: One Explanation of
Creative Problem Solving. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 12, 31-60.
Arp, R. (2005). Selectivity, Integration, and the Psycho-Neuro-Biological Continuum. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 26, 35-64.
Arp, R. (2004). Husserl and the Penetrability of the Transcendental and Mundane Spheres. Human Studies, 27, 221-239.
Arp, R. (2004). Husserl, the Transcendental, and the Mundane. The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 35, 168-179.
Philosophy of Science and Biology
Arp, R. (2009). Practical Steps in Building a Domain Ontology.
Models and Simulations 3: Emergence, Computation, and Reality.
Arp, R. & Smith, B. (2008). Function, Role, and
Disposition in Basic Formal Ontology. Bio-Ontologies 2008: Knowledge in Biology.
Manzoor, S., Ceusters, W., Rudnicki, R. & Arp, R. (2008). The Referent Tracking System as a Peer 2 Peer Application.
International Association of
Science and Technology for Development Software Engineering and Applications Conference 2008.
PAPERS IN REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (Selected)
Basic Formal Ontology. (slides) March 27, 2009 at University of Chicago Department of Biology Colloquium: Chicago, IL
Developing a Biomedical Ethics Ontology. (slides) December 8, 2008 at University at Buffalo Bioethics/Grand Rounds Meeting: Buffalo, NY
Ontology and RadLex. (slides) July 23, 2008 at a meeting of the Digital Imaging Group of London: London, Canada
Function, Role, and Disposition in Basic Formal Ontology. (slides) July 20, 2008 at Bio-Ontologies 2008:
Knowledge in Biology: Toronto, Canada
Biology and Biomedical Informatics. (slides) July 15, 2008 at Jamestown College, Excelsior Program: Jamestown, NY
Basic Formal Ontology. (slides) May 27, 2008 at Mount Sinai Medical Center Systems Biology Meeting: New York, NY
How Biomedical Standpoints Influence Bioethical Decisions. (slides) May 19, 2008 at University at Buffalo Bioethics/Grand Rounds Meeting: Buffalo, NY
Ontology and Ontologies: Some Basics. March 19, 2008 at University at Buffalo Discovery Seminar Series: Buffalo, NY
Ontology: Not Just for Philosophers Anymore. (slides) November 27, 2007 at University at Buffalo Genetics and Genomics Meeting: Buffalo, NY
Philosophical Ontology and Biomedical Ontology
Watson, J. & Arp, R. Checks and Balances: The Welcomed Tension
between Philosophy and Science. March 2007, SUNY Stony Brook Conference
Arp, R. Resolving Conflicts in Evolutionary Psychology with
Cognitive Fluidity. November 2006, Southwestern Philosophical
Association: Nashville, TN
Arp, R. Homeostatic Organization, Emergence, and Reduction.
October 2006, Florida State University¬’s History and Philosophy of
Arp, R. Animal Minds, Human Minds, and Creative Problem Solving.
November 2005, Southwest Minnesota State University¬’s Faculty Projects
Arp, R. Evolution, Consciousness, and Creative Problem Solving. February 2005, Connecticut College: New London, CT
Arp, R. Segregation and Integration: The Evolutionary Basis of
Consciousness. April 2004, Toward a Science of Consciousness: Tucson, AZ
Arp, R. Evolution, Creation, and Creationism. Invited Speaker:
August 2004, Louisiana State University (Alexandria) Rationality
Conference: Alexandria, LA
Philosophy of Science, Biology, and Mind
2009-pres Ontologist, Data Modeler, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
2007-2009 Postdoctoral Researcher in Ontology, University at Buffalo
2006-2007 Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University
2005-2006 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Southwest Minnesota State University
1997-2005 Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University
2001-2005 Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri, St. Louis
2005-2006 Faculty Research Grant, Southwest Minnesota State University
2003-2004 Dissertation Fellowship, Saint Louis University
2002-2003 Fontbonne University Faculty Fellowship, Fontbonne University and Saint Louis University
1996-2000 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Saint Louis University
1990-1993 Basselin Scholarship, The Catholic University of America
Workshop on Clinical Trials Ontology, 5 / 16-17 / 07
Workshop on Infectious Disease Ontology, 2007, 9 / 19-21 / 07
Philosophy of Biology Conference, 9 / 29 / 07
Workshop on Ontologies of Cellular Networks, 3 / 27-28 / 08
An Introduction to Biomedical Ontology Training Course, 4 / 12-13 / 08
Bio-Ontologies 2008: Knowledge in Biology , 7 / 20 / 08
2008 NCBC All Hands Meeting, 8 / 13-14 / 08
Workshop on Ontology of Clinical Phenotypes, 9 / 3-4 / 08
Workshop on Infectious Disease Ontology, 2008, 9 / 16-17 / 08
International Conference on Biomedical Ontology, 7 / 20-26 / 09
Ontology for General Medical Science, 3 / 10
Conference and Workshop Participations Related to Ontology
History of Philosophy Quarterly
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Iyun: Israel Journal of Philosophy
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