2.5 The Greatest Crossover: Philosophy and Library Science

Philosophy and library science may seem an unlikely combination, but they are closely connected disciplines. In this casual and accessible conversation Mike and Lindsay explore the philosophical themes underlying three important concepts in classification and indexing: Ontology and epistemology, equivalence, and warrant.

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Host: Michael Tepper

Guest: Lindsay Hachey

Editor: Shana Foldes

Articles Discussed:


Bullard. (2017). Warrant as a means to study classification system design. Journal of Documentation, 73(1), 75–90.

Martínez-Ávila, D., & Budd, J. M. (2017). Epistemic warrant for categorizational activities and the development of controlled vocabularies. Journal of Documentation, 73(4), 700-715. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JD-10-2016-0129

Ontology and Epistemology

Almeida, M. B. (2013). Revisiting ontologies: A necessary clarification. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 64(8), 1682–1693. https://doi- org.proxy1.lib.uwo.ca/10.1002/asi.22861

Lemke-Elznic, K. (2021). Epistemology in Knowledge Organization: Balancing Philosophical Work and Pragmatic Approaches. Kentucky Libraries, 85(3), 15–18


Hjørland, B. (2015). Are relations in thesauri “context-free, definitional, and true in all possible worlds”? Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 66(7), 1367– 1373. https://doi-org.proxy1.lib.uwo.ca/10.1002/asi.23253

Olson, H. A. (2001). Sameness and difference: a cultural foundation of classification. Library Resources & Technical Services, 45(3), 115–122.

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