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Reading Group October 5th 2006

Embodying information systems: the contribution of phenomenology.

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Oct 05, 2006
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM


The Couches in Quinn

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In the spirit of the previous reading group, we have decided to go on with the discussion on Phenomenology and settled down on the following paper for the next CITO reading group meeting:

MINGERS, J. (2001) "Embodying information systems: the contribution of phenomenology. Information and Organization" (formerly Accounting,Management and Information Technology), 11, 103-128.

A copy can be got on-line.

We gather on Thursday the 5th October at 12.30 PM in the meeting room (bring lunch with you). If this time and date do not suit you, please let me know.

The paper's abstract can be found below.

"This paper presents a case for embodying information systems. That is, for recognizing the fundamental importance of the body in human cognition and social action, and exploring the consequences for information systems and artificial intelligence. Current work within philosophy, biology, cognitive science, and social theory demonstrates that the Cartesian dualism of mind and body is no longer tenable, and points to the embodied and enactive nature of thought and language. Three different approaches to cognition are identified and their underlying philosophies are exemplified by Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty respectively. Sections of the paper cover: a philosophical and biological framework for embodied cognition; the main arguments in favor of the approach; and the implications for information systems and artificial intelligence."

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