The Sisyphean Task : The Classification of a Unitary Universe of Knowledge in a Post-Modern World
The idea of a unitary universe of knowledge has persisted throughout most of mankinds recorded history. The influence of new movements in thinking, such as cognitive science and post-modernism, have questioned the old idea of a fundamentally ordered universe of knowledge and introduced new ideas on the miscellaneous-ness of information, how and why humans are driven to categorize their world, and the possibility that there is more than one order of the universe or no definitive order at all. How the idea of the universe of knowledge has evolved and been challenged by various disciplines, as well as the impact of this debate upon library classification, is the subject of this paper.
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