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Title: Dooyeweerdian philosophy, knowledge-based systems, and sustainability
Author: Jones, Gareth Owen
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis explores using Dooyeweerdian philosophy as a foundation for constructing knowledge-based system (KBS) in complex, ill-structured and human intensive domains. Dooyeweerd's transcendental philosophy is a relatively recent phenomenon in the medium of the English language, and has only recently been considered in relation to knowledge-based systems and sustainability. Consequently, this thesis has little background research to draw upon and serves as a prolegomena a 'first-word' on the subject matter. This philosophy was tested and researched in a 'real-life' action context. Working with the Senior Planning Consultant of an English Borough Council, eight KBS developmental challenges were approach from a Dooyeweerdian perspective and nine prototype KBS developed. Whilst the data recorded during this study is not as detailed as it would be for case study, and its generalizations more reserved, theory was tested in the crucible of the 'real-world', knowledge immediately applied, a diversity of issues tackled over a relatively short period and multiple opportunities identified for further research. The result of this application was the discovery that Dooyeweerdian philosophy provided profound theoretical insight into a diversity of KBS challenges and clear practicable guidance for their effective realization. This insight and guidance transcends that of conventional KBS approaches, addresses some of the fundamental challenges in KBS research and development and supports the theory that Dooyeweerdian philosophy might provide a practical and theoretical foundation sufficient to guide the whole process of KBS construction and development in complex, ill-structured and human intensive domains.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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