WHY HEIDEGGER? - Critical Insights for IS Design from Pragmatism and from Social Semiotics

Ângela Lacerda Nobre


Martin Heidegger’s ontology represents a landmark in terms of how human knowledge is theorised. Heidegger’s breakthrough achievement is to consider scientific knowledge as a particular case of the broader being-in-the-world instance. Science develops without needing to acknowledge this dependence though in times of crisis, when previous approaches are no longer effective, it is the link with daily experience that enables the rethinking of earlier assumptions. This valorisation of quotidian practices and the centrality of experience and of informal knowledge – the prereflexive work – in terms of being the antecedents of formal and explicit knowledge, has profound consequences regarding the creation of organisational information systems. The American School of Pragmatism, developed by Charles Sanders Peirce, had previously argued in similar lines in terms of the non-severing of the dual relations such as theory/practice or individual/social. In later times, Social Semiotics, also developed under the same implicit assumptions, where the individual and the social dimensions of human reality are mutually determined. These arguments have been established for long as being relevant for information systems design by several authors. However, there is an obvious lack of understanding of the kernel role of such theories in current mainstream research. Concrete approaches to organisational learning - such as Semiotic Learning - are an example of the huge potential that lies largely unexplored under the umbrella of socio-philosophy.


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Lacerda Nobre Â. (2008). WHY HEIDEGGER? - Critical Insights for IS Design from Pragmatism and from Social Semiotics . In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 6: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-8111-38-8, pages 435-441. DOI: 10.5220/0001721804350441

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author={Ângela Lacerda Nobre},
title={WHY HEIDEGGER? - Critical Insights for IS Design from Pragmatism and from Social Semiotics},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 6: ICEIS,},

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JO - Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 6: ICEIS,
TI - WHY HEIDEGGER? - Critical Insights for IS Design from Pragmatism and from Social Semiotics
SN - 978-989-8111-38-8
AU - Lacerda Nobre Â.
PY - 2008
SP - 435
EP - 441
DO - 10.5220/0001721804350441