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Information 2011, 2(3), 546-559; doi:10.3390/info2030546

Interdisciplinary Research between Theoretical Informatics and the Humanities

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Social Information Science Institute, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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Institute of History, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Hubei University, Wuhan, Hubei 430064, China
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Received: 26 July 2011 / Revised: 7 August 2011 / Accepted: 2 September 2011 / Published: 16 September 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from "FIS 2010 Beijing")
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This paper focuses on the interdisciplinary research between Theoretical Informatics (TI) and the Humanities (philosophy, history, literature, etc.). There are five main sections: 1. A brief introduction to TI and its functions in the aspects of worldview and methodology, 2. An illustration of the problems associated with dualism as set out by Plato and René Descartes by means of a theoretical model of the mutual contact and interaction between the material world and the information world, 3. An explanation of the historical view of R. G. Collingwood through informationalism, 4. A discussion of the basic concepts for Humanistic Informatics which is under construction, and 5. A proposal of some approach to the new subject in information science. View Full-Text
Keywords: informatics (short form of information science); theoretical informatics; literature; history; philosophy; interdisciplinary research; humanistic informatics informatics (short form of information science); theoretical informatics; literature; history; philosophy; interdisciplinary research; humanistic informatics
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Li, Z.-R.; Zhou, X.; Tian, A.-J. Interdisciplinary Research between Theoretical Informatics and the Humanities. Information 2011, 2, 546-559.

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