Journal Article


Forbes Gibb
Clare V. Thornley



literature review meaning information retrieval information retrieval philosophy philosophy dialectic literature analysis information theory

A dialectical approach to information retrieval (2007)

Abstract Purpose:The paper explores the question of whether the often paradoxical and conceptually contradictory discipline of information retrieval (IR) can be understood more clearly when it is analysed from a dialectical perspective. Methodology/Approach:Conceptual analysis and literature review.Findings:A dialectical understanding of meaning can assist in clarifying some aspects of the complex nature of current IR theory.Research Implications:Philosophy has the potential to explore the conflicts and contradictions in IR and should not be used just as a means of synthesis and resolution. The use of the philosophy of meaning should include a broader understanding of the philosophical oppositions which lie behind the nature of meaning.Originality/value of paper:This paper suggests a new perspective on the role of meaning in IR: the dialectical model.
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Forbes Gibb, Clare V. Thornley

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Forbes Gibb
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 6
Clare V. Thornley
Maynooth University
Total Publications: 33