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Feminist philosophy and information systems

Adam, AE and Richardson, HJ 2001, 'Feminist philosophy and information systems' , Information Systems Frontiers, 3 (2) , pp. 143-154.

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Abstract

This paper offers a new approach to the philosophical foundations of information systems (IS) through feminist philosophy and, in particular, feminist epistemology. This can be used to expose the universalizing tendency of many information systems and to show the importance of using real-life complex examples rather than the simplified examples often favored by philosophers. Within traditional epistemology and its relation to IS, subjectivity, the propositional/skills distinction and epistemic hierarchies are subject to arguments from feminist epistemology. With respect to the emerging critical school of IS, feminist epistemology, and within that, feminist standpoint theory, are used to examine the complexities of the positivist/anti-positivist position and the related concept of emancipation. In addition, it is argued that the liberal version of emancipation encapsulated in such systems may have an effect opposite to that of emancipation These issues are illustrated in an existing expert systems project.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Journal special issue: 'Philosophical reasoning in information systems research'
Uncontrolled Keywords: philosophical foundations of IS; feminist philosophy; feminist epistemology
Themes: Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Journal or Publication Title: Information Systems Frontiers
Publisher: Kluwer
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13873326
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 11:22
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/840

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