A dialectical approach to information retrieval

Clare V. Thornley, Forbes Gibb

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the question of whether the often paradoxical and conceptually contradictory discipline of information retrieval (IR) can be understood more clearly when it is analyzed from a dialectical perspective. A dialectical understanding of meaning can assist in clarifying some aspects of the complex nature of current IR theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-764
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • philosophy
  • information retrieval
  • meaning
  • dialectical analysis


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