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Information Science as an Interscience by Fanie de Beer

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Information science in a post-scientific position

Part 1: The limitations of science and information science

Husserl’s ‘crisis of the sciences’ can be related to a reductive situation which limits the sciences to measurable facts leaving aside and out of the picture issues of human existence, meaning and quality of life. Hesitation to address these matters constructively and to focus attention only on immediately available issues and problems also occurs in the sciences. This state of affairs also applies to information science that follows this model at a great cost. Information science immerses itself in similar crisis situations in failing to address issues of human meaning and human existence. To overcome the crisis it would be necessary ...

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