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Author
Buschman, J.
Title
Once more unto the breach : "overcoming epistemology" and librarianship's de facto Deweyan pragmatism
Source
Journal of documentation. 73(2017) no.2, S.210-223
Year
2017
Abstract
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore an approach to epistemology which allows a portion of library and information science (LIS) to coherently explain its social and intellectual contributions, and to overcome some of the problems of epistemology that LIS encounters. Design/methodology/approach Literature based conceptual analysis of the problems of epistemology in LIS and the productive approach of Deweyan Pragmatism. Findings LIS' problems with epistemology come from a variety of sources: epistemology itself, the combining of librarianship with information science, and the search for a common grounding of the information professions, their tools and their institutions. No such theoretical foundation is possible, but Deweyan Pragmatism offers a sensible, practical explanation for the historical development and practices of librarianship. Originality/value Pragmatism has been deployed in portions of LIS, but the full implications and the "fit" of Dewey's ideas for librarianship and its epistemology are productive explorations.
Content
Vgl.: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JD-04-2016-0052.
Field
Bibliothekswesen
Informationswissenschaft

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