In philosophical ontology, ontic is physical, real, or factual existence.


"Ontic" describes what is there, as opposed to the nature or properties of that being. To illustrate:
In Philosophy of science, "ontic" is primarily used in debates over the nature of explanation and about structural realism. Wesley Salmon's ontic conception of explanation, for instance, claims that explanations are ontic only if they are mind-independent things in the world.
Harald Atmanspacher suggests that accurate claims about "ontic states describe all properties of a physical system exhaustively. "
In an earlier paper, Atmanspacher portrays the difference between an epistemic perspective of a system, and an ontic perspective:

Critical realism

The British philosopher Roy Bhaskar, who is closely associated with the philosophical movement of critical realism writes:
Ruth Groff offers this expansion of Bhaskar's note above:
Some have argued that Bhaskar himself was too deeply entwined in the inherent vices and pitfalls of the English language to translate in simple terms the meaning of the terminology from a purely etymological sense. Derivative of ontic and logos.