Information Science As An Interscience: Rethinking Science, Method And Practice by Fanie De BeerInformation Science As An Interscience: Rethinking Science, Method And Practice by Fanie De Beer

Information Science As An Interscience: Rethinking Science, Method And Practice

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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 Interscienceposes 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. In the fulfilment of this task it needs to be accompanied by a philosophical approach that will take it beyond the merely critical and linear approach to scientific work. For this reason a critical philosophical approach is proposed that will be characterised by multiple styles of thinking and organised by a compositional inspiration. This initiative is carried by the conviction that information science will hereby be enabled to make contributions to significant knowledge inventions that may bring about a better world. Chapters focus on the rethinking of human thinking, our unique ability that enables us to cope with the world in which we live, in terms of the unique science with which we are involved. Subsequent chapters explore different approaches to the establishment of a new scientific spirit, the demands these developments pose for human thinking, for questions of method and the implications for information science regarding its proposed functioning as a nomad science in the context of information practice and information work. Final chapters highlight the proposed responsibility of focusing on information and inventiveness and new styles of information and knowledge work.

  • focuses on rethinking information science to achieve a constructive scientific approach
  • provides an alternative methodological approach in the study of information science
  • shows how a change in scientific approach will have vast implications for the understanding and dissemination of knowledge
  • presents the implications of a new approach for knowledge workers, and the dynamics of their work
  • explores the future of thinking about science, knowledge and its nature and the ethical implications
Carel S. (Fanie) de Beer is Emeritus Professor at the Department of Information Science, University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa, and is currently an Extraordinary Professor of Information Science at the University of Pretoria. He graduated in Agriculture and Philosophy (doctoral studies) at the University of Pretori...
Title:Information Science As An Interscience: Rethinking Science, Method And PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:March 13, 2015Publisher:Woodhead PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An a-critical philosophy of information

Chapter 2: Towards the idea of information science as an interscience

Chapter 3: Information Science in a post-scientific position

The exploration of a possible idea Part 1: The limitations of science and information science and the possibility of an alternative

Chapter 4: Part 2: The conditions for the achievement of an alternative

Chapter 5: Method/Beyond method: The demands, challenges and excitements of scholarly information work

Chapter 6: Methodology and Noology: Amazing prospects for Library and Information Science:


Chapter 7: Let the New Knowledge Come: Atlas of knowledges

Chapter 8: The contemporary knowledge worker (The troubadour of knowledge): Comprehensive and exciting challenges

Chapter 9: A proposed philosophic-ethical approach for the electronic information era