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An Evaluation of Theories of Information with Regard to the Semantic and Pragmatic Aspects of Information Systems

Mingers, John (1996) An Evaluation of Theories of Information with Regard to the Semantic and Pragmatic Aspects of Information Systems. Systemic Practice, 9 (3). pp. 187-209. ISSN 1094-429X. (doi:10.1007/BF02169014) (KAR id:3889)

Abstract

It is argued here that the discipline of information systems does not have a clear and substantive conceptualization of its most fundamental category, namely, information itself. As a first stage in addressing the problem, this paper evaluates a wide range of theories or concepts of information in order to assess their suitability as a basis for information systems. Particular importance is placed on the extent to which they deal with the semantic and pragmatic dimensions of information and its relation to meaning. It is concluded that Dretske's analysis of knowledge and information provides the most suitable basis for further development.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/BF02169014
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2009 11:11 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3889 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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