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

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Don Fallis

Northeastern University

Dennis Whitcomb

Western Washington University

Date Written: June 24, 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Fallis, Don and Whitcomb, Dennis, Epistemic Values and Information Management (June 24, 2008). The Information Society, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 175-189, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1509163

Don Fallis (Contact Author)

Northeastern University ( email )

360 Huntington Ave,
Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://philpeople.org/profiles/don-fallis

Dennis Whitcomb

Western Washington University ( email )

Bellingham, WA 98225
United States

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