This polemic calls for an end to our enchantment with Theory in the IS field. My critique uses Barthes’ structuralism to argue that theories are myths which order, interpret and normalise the world. I address the fundamental question “what is a fact”, drawing on the epistemology of Ludwik Fleck, which deserves more recognition in IS. A “fact” from the domain of child welfare is used to illustrate the argument.
Wastell, David, "Facts, myths and thought-styles: a rant" (2013). UK Academy for Information Systems Conference Proceedings 2013. 58.