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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 2: The conditions for an alternative

In this chapter the point is made that in taking the initiative to rethink its scientific status and position, information science finds itself on the threshold of a new life or dispensation. What is required is imaginative thinking outside the boundaries and limitations of its ‘standard’ and ‘standardised’ approach as made applicable and enforced in all the subdisciplines. The whole subject field must be rethought in an effort to overcome the crisis in which it finds itself regarding human meaning and human existence. This rethinking requires a new set of parameters of borrowed conceptual equipment. It will be necessary to articulate in a sensible way ...

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