Epistemic values and information management

Don Fallis, Dennis Whitcomb

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The philosophy of information is concerned with the nature, management, and use of information. Thus, it should be able to help us make better decisions about how to manage information (e.g., decisions about intellectual property laws, collection development policies, and Internet evaluation techniques). These decisions have knowledge acquisition as one of their principal goals. Thus, one way to improve these decisions is to clarify our epistemic values. In this article, we combine epistemology and decision analysis in an attempt to assist people in this important task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-189
Number of pages15
JournalInformation Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Applied epistemology
  • Decision analysis
  • Epistemic value
  • Information ethics
  • Information management
  • Information science
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Knowledge management
  • Philosophy of information
  • Value hierarchy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Cultural Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Political Science and International Relations


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