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Paying back borrowed meanings: The implications of the metaphor-driven history of IS research for its future.

Pigott, D.J.; Ledsham, Cal; Hobbs, V.J. and Gammack, J.G. (2015) Paying back borrowed meanings: The implications of the metaphor-driven history of IS research for its future. In: 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), 4 - 6 December 2013, RMIT University, Melbourne. (In Press)

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The history of a discipline is a history of its dialogue, and its dialogue relies inevitably upon metaphors. However, metaphors can both help and hinder as they pass from fresh insight to normal speech. In this paper we argue that metaphoric analysis can be used to examine how the emergence and evolution of the metaphors employed in a discipline can influence its course. We use metaphoric analysis to survey significant metaphors in the history of the Information Systems discipline, in particular those relating to its central construct, information. We consider the possibility of an account for information that is non-reifying, as well as approaches that eschew metaphors, and the consequences of such formulations for IS.

Item Type: Conference Papers (Paper)
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Information Systems discipline, information, metaphor, metaphoric analysis, historical survey.
Fields of Research: 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080611 Information Systems Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220203 History and Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Cal Ledsham
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2014 04:28
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 04:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1533

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