to exist ontologically
- To exist ontologically is to exist as a fundamental (non-divisible) entity.
Objections to the term
Constituent terms and their meanings are following:
- exist - have objective reality or being;
- ontologically - relating to or based upon being or existence;
So if we substitute constituent terms we get:
- to exist ontologically is to have objective being in relation to being.
This sentence is tautological - it circularly references itself and word ontologically doesn't add any new information. For this reason adjective "ontologically" is not needed.
Ontology is study of existence. It deals with various forms of existence - ordinary objects, ideas, etc. See Ontological categories for reference. So to classify ontological existence as one of the existence forms would do a disservice to the whole field of ontology and confuse readers.
Definition would be less confusing if some less problematic adjective would be selected. In philosophy there is a concept of Simple - any thing that has no proper parts, or in other words cannot be divided in smaller parts. So what was meant to say is - to exist as a simple is to exist as a fundamental (non-divisible) entity.