This paper addresses the need for philosophy and its relevance for IS. It gives an overview of some of the key works in the relevant disciplines of philosophy and extrapolate next steps and further research.
The authors focus on four well-established fields:
- Metaphysics: the first philosophy
- Epistemology: why do we think we know and the problem of epistemology in IS
- Rationality: logic, rationality and the reasoning process
- Axiology: what is good and to be valued, and what should we do and why should we do it?
- This paper opens up our minds to alternative thinking. Encourage researchers to take alternative reasoning, argumentation, and rhetorical styles into IS research.
- As the authors mention: “writing philosophy is the exact opposite of such a strategy in research for there can never be a cookie-cutter way to philosophise.” What’s the future of this alternative way? Will it be a niche in IS? It seems this approach is hard to become a mainstream in IS or at least it will take a long way to go there.