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Title:A pluralistic approach to the philosophy of classification
Author(s):Szostak, Rick
Subject(s):Philosophies of Information
Information Science
Librarianship
Libraries
Abstract:Any classification system should be evaluated with respect to a variety of philosophical and practical concerns. This paper explores several distinct issues: the nature of a work, the value of a statement, the contribution of information science to philosophy, the nature of hierarchy, ethical evaluation, pre- versus postcoordination, the lived experience of librarians, and formalization versus natural language. It evaluates a particular approach to classification in terms of each of these but draws general lessons for philosophical evaluation. That approach to classification emphasizes the free combination of basic concepts representing both real things in the world and the relationships among these; works are also classified in terms of theories, methods, and perspectives applied.
Issue Date:2015
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 63 (3) Winter 2015: 591–614.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89829
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2015.0007
Rights Information:Copyright (2014) Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-07
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