Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 24: 1-10 (1986)

原著論文Original Article

Karl Popperの“客観的知識”概念とその情報学に対する意義Karl Popper's concept of “objective knowledge” and its implications to information science

発行日:1987年3月25日Published: March 25, 1987

The implications of the concept “objective knowledge” proposed by Karl Popper to information science is discussed. This concept has no relation to objective truth, the ordinary meaning for the term of objective knowledge. Popper's “objective knowledge” is one that has objective reality itself.

B. C. Brookes insists that “objective knowledge” is the primary subject for information science, and many information scientists, including S. D. Neill, agree with him. On the other hand, D. Rudd criticizes it for the reason that the theory of “objective knowledge” neglects sociological and psychological aspects of knowledge, that is, “subjective knowledge” in Popper's schema. According to Neill, however, it is possible to investigate “objective knowledge” and “subjective knowledge” at the same time.

The conclusion is that in spite of the significance of the criticism made by Rudd, it is useful to evolve the theory of “objective knowledge” in information science. Finally, it is suggested that the theory may contribute to the establishment of information-centered cosmology.

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