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Author: Kordonsky Simon

Kordonsky Simon

PhD in Philosophy, Professor, Head of the Department of Local Administration at the School of Public Administration of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the National Research University—Higher School of Economics. Address: 20 Myasnitskaya str., 101990 Moscow, Russia. Email:


Applied Hermeneutics of the Information Space: Worldviews, Theoretical Ontologies, and Fractal Matrix Tables / Logos. 2015. № 3 (105). P. 19-45
annotation:  The term ontology is used both in modern philosophy and in the sphere of IT, but the contexts and the matters of its meanings do not coincide or overlap. With few exceptions, professional philosophers are not interested in addressing the information space, or in investigating and comprehending it. At the same time, IT specialists ignore philosophical approaches to existential problems. They prefer to invent their own philosophies and to produce randomly ordered terms for phenomena which they naively regard as ontologies. In IT, the very existence of the reflected ontology solves many problems. In particular, it solves the issue of information noise which arises from differences in contexts and from synonymous terms in the domain of knowledge and the domain of practice. Therefore IT specialists focus on producing a common ontology and thinking of ways to standardize methods of presenting knowledge. In undertaking this task, they rely mostly on linguistic and statistical text analysis methods, as they believe that improving these methods will help to automatically establish meanings, The authors of the article argue that an integration of philosophical and IT methods and practices will lead to the establishment of a new subject called applied hermeneutics. This new subject will deal with hermeneutics, and its methods would be new both in philosophy and in IT. The technique of constructing theoretical ontologies by using matrix tables will be implemented using the text analysis system called Gitika.
Keywords:  ontology; information technology; hermeneutics; contexts; fractal matrix tables
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