Manuscript Title

On where the Internet is

Presenting Author

Fuad Baloch

Paper Type

Completed Research Paper

Abstract

In this paper, a realist ontology is re-introduced that can be utilized to situate complex IS artifacts such as the Internet. We discuss how the issues of incommensurability arise in scientific and Information Systems theories as a result of a human motivation to construct artificially sustained divisions in reality. We also advocate a state of being for IS artifacts such as the Internet that enable engagement with an ever evolving being, in contrast to the subject-object manner of dealing with reality that rises out of human attempts at anthropomorphizing. We conclude by examining claims for simplicity in ontologies and offer a differing view. The paper is conceptual, and uses a philosophical-logical approach. It makes a contribution to the discipline of ontologies in the field of Information Systems by identifying an alternative approach.

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On where the Internet is

In this paper, a realist ontology is re-introduced that can be utilized to situate complex IS artifacts such as the Internet. We discuss how the issues of incommensurability arise in scientific and Information Systems theories as a result of a human motivation to construct artificially sustained divisions in reality. We also advocate a state of being for IS artifacts such as the Internet that enable engagement with an ever evolving being, in contrast to the subject-object manner of dealing with reality that rises out of human attempts at anthropomorphizing. We conclude by examining claims for simplicity in ontologies and offer a differing view. The paper is conceptual, and uses a philosophical-logical approach. It makes a contribution to the discipline of ontologies in the field of Information Systems by identifying an alternative approach.