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Information science as an interscience : rethinking science, method and practice

Author: C S De Beer
Publisher: Waltham, MA : Chandos Publishing, [2015]
Series: Chandos information professional series.
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Beer, Carel Stephanus de.
Information science as an interscience : rethinking science, method and practice.
Amsterdam, [Netherlands] : Chandos Publishing, c2015
xv, 139 pages
2015932040
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C S De Beer
ISBN: 9780081001837 0081001835 0081001401 9780081001400
OCLC Number: 905223969
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Front Cover; Information Science as an Interscience; Copyright Page; Contents; About the author; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 An acritical philosophy of information; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Philosophy as an act of thinking; 1.3 Philosophy and science; 1.4 Philosophy and information science; 1.5 Modes of thinking; 1.5.1 Complex thinking; 1.5.2 Multiple thinking; 1.5.3 Inventive thinking; 1.6 Conclusion; References; 2 Towards the idea of information science as an interscience; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Changes in landscape; 2.3 Rethinking human thinking; 2.4 A new scientific approach. 2.5 Challenges to information science2.6 Information science: its functioning and responsibility; 2.6.1 Its functioning; 2.6.2 Its responsibility; References; 3 Information science in a post-scientific position; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 The traditional, generally accepted conception of science; 3.3 Information science seems to be out of step (and will remain out of step, unless ...); 3.4 Thinking differently about science; 3.5 Conclusion; References; 4 Information science in a post-scientific position; 4.1 Introduction. 4.2 Alternative offered to information science in terms of this other conception of science4.3 A newly invented set of conceptual equipment should be proposed; 4.3.1 The massive, but also disturbing, impact of information/knowledge on and in society; 4.3.2 What should be done about 'the information explosion'?; 4.3.3 Conceptual equipment or capabilities; 4.4 The gap between information science and information work closes up; References; 5 Method/beyond-method: the demands, challenges and excitements of scholarly information work. 5.1 Introduction: the essence and necessity of scholarly engagement5.2 The complexity of the field of the research endeavours; 5.2.1 The research on the deflation of information by Bernd Frohmann (2004); 5.2.2 Research on language, philosophy and information by David Blair (2006); 5.2.3 The thorough and fundamental study of information ethics by Rainer Kuhlen (2004a); 5.3 Methodological demands and challenges and a situation beyond-method; 5.3.1 The three researchers; Bernd Frohmann; David Blair; Rainer Kuhlen; 5.3.2 On the way to a position beyond-method; Edgar Morin; Michel Serres. Paul Feyerabend5.4 The rewards and excitements of scholarly work; References; 6 Methodology and noology: Amazing prospects for library and information science; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 The methodology of complexity of Edgar Morin: A noological situation beyond-method; 6.3 The acritical anti-method of Michel Serres: Multiple connective intellection; 6.4 Conclusion; References; 7 Let the new knowledge come: the atlas of knowledges; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Reasons for such an emphasis on knowledge; 7.2.1 Awareness of the importance of knowledge; 7.2.2 Development of electronic media.
Series Title: Chandos information professional series.
Responsibility: Carel Stephanus de Beer.

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Science is first and foremost an intellectual activity, an activity of thought. Therefore, how do we, as information scientists, respond intellectually to what is happening in the world of information and knowledge development, given the context of new sociocultural and knowledge landscapes? 'Information Science as an Interscience' poses many challenges both to information science, philosophy and to information practice, and only when information science is understood as an interscience that operates in a multifaceted way, will it be able to comply with these challenges.

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