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What is Synthèse January 12, 2007

Posted by Andre Vellino in Epistemology, Philosophy of Science.
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Welcome to my public blog. Its title, “Synthèse”, means “synthesis” in French (“an operation that goes from the simple to the compound, from the element to the whole” says a French dictionary of philosophy.)

Here, I intend to present some thoughts about information retrieval, logic and cognitive science as well as electronic libraries and information management. I hope it will cover a broad spectrum of subjects and live up to its name.

Synthèse is also a the name of a journal on epistemology and philosophy of science. I hope there will be some thoughts on that subject here as well. I am especially encouraged that this is a likelihood because I recently became re-acquainted with Brian Cantwell Smith at a symposium last December. Brian is a renegade epistemologist but also the Dean of Information Sciences at the University of Toronto, which gives me great hope for both library science and for epistemology.

I read Brian’s book “On the Origin of Objects” some years ago (was it really 10 years?), and I wrote a review of it for the last printed issue of Canadian Artificial Intelligence. I am still thinking about that book today and we can all look forward to his magnum opus The Age of Significance: An Essay on the Foundations of Computation and Intentionality, which should be out soon.

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