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The Ubiquitous Hierarchy: An Army to Overcome the Threat of a Mob

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Title: The Ubiquitous Hierarchy: An Army to Overcome the Threat of a Mob
Author(s): Olson, Hope A.
Subject(s): Philosophy of information Library science --Philosophy Information science --Philosophy
Abstract: This article explores the connections between Melvil Dewey and Hegelianism and Charles Cutter and the Scottish Common Sense philosophers. It traces the practice of hierarchy from these philosophical influences to Dewey and Cutter and their legacy to today’s Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Subject Headings. The ubiquity of hierarchy is linked to Dewey’s and Cutter’s metaphor of organizing the mob of information into an orderly army using the tool of logic.
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 52(3) Winter 2004: 604-616.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2004.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-23

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