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Title: Anarkistisk klassifikation: förhållandet mellan epistemologi och bibliografisk klassifikation analyserat utifrån Paul Feyerabends anarkistiska teori
Other Titles: Anarchistic classification: the relationship between epistemology and bibliographic classification analyzed with Paul Feyerabend’s anarchistic theory
Authors: Tennevall, Emma
Department: Högskolan i Borås/Institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap (BHS)
Issue Date: 2006
Series/Report no.: Magisteruppsats
Media type: Text
Keywords: epistemologi
Abstract: The aim of this master’s thesis is to investigate how Paul Feyerabend’s anarchistic theory of knowledge can help our understanding of bibliographical classification and to analyse how epistemological assumptions are manifested in bibliographic classification. Paul Feyerabend’s anarchistic theory of knowledge and science is the theoretical approach of this thesis. The first part of the thesis consists of an introduction to bibliographical classification and epistemology. The second part of the thesis focuses on certain epistemological positions, such as empiricism, rationalism, idealism, realism, pragmatism and positivism, and how these positions are manifested in classification. The implications of each epistemological position is analysed with Feyerabend’s theoretical framework. The third, and final part of the thesis, examines how bibliographical classification can be improved by a pluralistic and relativistic attitude towards epistemology and classification. The findings are that bibliographical classification is influenced by a number of different epistemologies and that they effect several different aspects of classification such as: 1) the method in which the system is constructed, 2) which classes or categories that are included in the system, 3) in what way the ‘subject’ or ‘content’ of a document is established, 4) how different forms of knowledge is treated and valued within the system, and 5) how the system is evaluated. Another finding is that no classification system, which is founded on epistemological positions, can be said to be neutral or objective, and that all such classifications are influenced by political, cultural and social presumptions.
ISSN: 1404-0891
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