A dialectical approach to information retrieval

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Title: A dialectical approach to information retrieval
Authors: Thornley, Clare V.
Gibb, Forbes
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3604
Date: 2007
Abstract: Purpose:The paper explores the question of whether the often paradoxical and conceptually contradictory discipline of information retrieval (IR) can be understood more clearly when it is analysed from a dialectical perspective. Methodology/Approach:Conceptual analysis and literature review. Findings:A dialectical understanding of meaning can assist in clarifying some aspects of the complex nature of current IR theory. Research Implications:Philosophy has the potential to explore the conflicts and contradictions in IR and should not be used just as a means of synthesis and resolution. The use of the philosophy of meaning should include a broader understanding of the philosophical oppositions which lie behind the nature of meaning. Originality/value of paper:This paper suggests a new perspective on the role of meaning in IR: the dialectical model.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Emerald
Copyright (published version): Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Keywords: Dialectic;Philosophy;Information retrieval;Information theory;Meaning
Subject LCSH: Information retrieval--Philosophy
DOI: 10.1108/00220410710827781
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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