The Philosopher's Corner: The Value of Philosophical Debate: Paul Feyerabend and his Relevance for IS Research

Show simple item record Myers, Michael en 2019-03-18T23:07:19Z en 2018-11-01 en
dc.identifier.issn 1532-0936 en
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dc.description.abstract This article is a critique of Horst Treiblmaier's article that was published in the May issue of this journal, in which he discussed the relevance of Paul Feyerabend's philosophy for the field of information systems. Treiblmaier proposed epistemological anarchism, methodological anarchism, and "anything goes" as a guiding principle for IS. I disagree with these three propositions. In fact, I believe that Treiblmaier has misinterpreted Feyerabend's position and suggest that Feyerabend's philosophy needs to be understood within the context of the philosophical debate about the nature of science that was taking place at the time. Of course, no one scientific method should be imposed on all scientists, and I agree that we need epistemological and methodological diversity, but this is not the same as anarchy. Instead of anarchy, I support a "disciplined methodological pluralism" in our field. en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher Association for Computing Machinery en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Data Base for Advances in Information Systems en
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dc.subject Science & Technology en
dc.subject Technology en
dc.subject Computer Science, Information Systems en
dc.subject Information Science & Library Science en
dc.subject Computer Science en
dc.subject PRINCIPLES en
dc.subject SET en
dc.title The Philosopher's Corner: The Value of Philosophical Debate: Paul Feyerabend and his Relevance for IS Research en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1145/3290768.3290771 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 11 en
pubs.volume 49 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 14 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 757251 en Business and Economics en Info Systems & Operations Mgmt en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-08-12 en

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