Classical Pragmatism and its Varieties: On a Pluriform Metatheoretical Perspective for Knowledge Organization

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Title:
Classical Pragmatism and its Varieties: On a Pluriform Metatheoretical Perspective for Knowledge Organization
Author:
Dousa, Thomas M.
Editors:
Jacob, Elin K.; Kwasnik, Barbara
Citation:
Classical Pragmatism and its Varieties: On a Pluriform Metatheoretical Perspective for Knowledge Organization 2009, Vol 2:1-9
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105796
Submitted date:
2009-07-22
Abstract:
Pragmatism is a metatheoretical perspective within knowledge organization (KO) deriving from an American philosophical tradition active since the late 19th century. Its core feature is commitment to the evaluation of the adequacy of concepts and beliefs through the empirical test of practice: this entails epistemological antifoundationalism, fallibilism, contingency, social embeddedness, and pluralism. This article reviews three variants of Pragmatism historically influential in philosophyâ Pierceâ s scientifically oriented pragmaticism, Jamesâ s subjectivist practicalism; and Deweyâ s socially-directed instrumentalismâ and indicates points of contact with KO theories propounded by Bliss, Shera, and Hjørland. KO applications of classical Pragmatism have tended to converge toward a socially pluralist model characteristic of Dewey. Recently, Rortyâ s epistemologically radical brand of Neopragmatism has found adherents within KO: whether it provides a more advantageous metatheoretical framework than classical Pragmatism remains to be seen.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Philosophy; Ontology; Epistemology; Knowledge Organization; Evaluation
Local subject classification:
pragmatism metatheoretical investigation

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dc.contributor.authorDousa, Thomas M.en_US
dc.contributor.editorJacob, Elin K.en_US
dc.contributor.editorKwasnik, Barbaraen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-22T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:34:35Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.submitted2009-07-22en_US
dc.identifier.citationClassical Pragmatism and its Varieties: On a Pluriform Metatheoretical Perspective for Knowledge Organization 2009, Vol 2:1-9en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105796-
dc.description.abstractPragmatism is a metatheoretical perspective within knowledge organization (KO) deriving from an American philosophical tradition active since the late 19th century. Its core feature is commitment to the evaluation of the adequacy of concepts and beliefs through the empirical test of practice: this entails epistemological antifoundationalism, fallibilism, contingency, social embeddedness, and pluralism. This article reviews three variants of Pragmatism historically influential in philosophyâ Pierceâ s scientifically oriented pragmaticism, Jamesâ s subjectivist practicalism; and Deweyâ s socially-directed instrumentalismâ and indicates points of contact with KO theories propounded by Bliss, Shera, and Hjørland. KO applications of classical Pragmatism have tended to converge toward a socially pluralist model characteristic of Dewey. Recently, Rortyâ s epistemologically radical brand of Neopragmatism has found adherents within KO: whether it provides a more advantageous metatheoretical framework than classical Pragmatism remains to be seen.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectOntologyen_US
dc.subjectEpistemologyen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge Organizationen_US
dc.subjectEvaluationen_US
dc.subject.otherpragmatism metatheoretical investigationen_US
dc.titleClassical Pragmatism and its Varieties: On a Pluriform Metatheoretical Perspective for Knowledge Organizationen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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