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Anchoring scientific abstractions - ontological and linguistic determination following socio-instrumental pragmatism
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, VITS - Development of Informations Systems and Work Context. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2002 (English)In: Proc of European Conference on Research Methods in Business, Reading, 2002Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper addresses the problems of scientific conceptualisation in order to avoid diffuse abstractedness. It proposes the use of an ontology consisting of the following categories: 1) humans, 2) human inner worlds which consist of 2a) intrasubjective parts and 2b) intersubjective parts (shared knowledge and social institutions), 3) human actions, 4) symbolic objects (signs), 5) artefacts (artificially made material objects) and 6) natural environment. This approach also includes a reflective way of using language. Words and corresponding language games are investigated in order to clarify the scientific concepts.

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Ontology, category, language use, conceptualisation, pragmatism
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61742OAI: diva2:370791
Available from: 2010-11-17 Created: 2010-11-17 Last updated: 2010-11-26

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