Epistemic Values and Information Management
The Information Society, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 175-189, 2009
28 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2009 Last revised: 1 Dec 2009
Date Written: June 24, 2008
The philosophy of information is concerned with the nature, management, and use of information. Thus, it should be able to help us make better decisions about how to manage information (e.g., decisions about intellectual property laws, collection development policies, and Internet evaluation techniques). These decisions have knowledge acquisition as one of their principal goals. Thus, one way to improve these decisions is to clarify our epistemic values. In this paper, we combine epistemology and decision analysis in an attempt to assist people in this important task.
Keywords: Applied Epistemology, Decision Analysis, Epistemic Value, Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Management, Information Ethics, Information Management, Information Science, Philosophy of Information, Value Hierarchy
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