Double Helix Relationships in Use and Design of Informing Systems: Lessons to Learn from Phenomenology and Hermeneutics

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The theme of this monograph of Informing Science is a dialectic we
perceive to exist between meaningful use and reflection upon use. This
dialectic between use and reflection on use (or thinking, and thinking
about thinking) may be considered in the following way. Each of these
elements is subject to change. As reflection triggers change in use, and
such change triggers further reflection, a spiral comes about. Lived human
experience, and reflection upon that experience, seems to shape a
double helix. The monograph contains contributions exploring particular
ways in which studies of use could benefit from a relationship to
philosophical frameworks such as hermeneutics and phenomenology.


  • Hans-Erik Nissen
  • Peter Bednar
  • Christine Welch
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Information Systems, Social aspects


  • Phenomenology, Informing Systems, Use, Double Helix, Design, Hermeneutics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUse and Redesign in IS: Double Helix Relationships?
EditorsHans-Erik Nissen, Peter Bednar, Christine Welch
PublisherInforming Science Press
ISBN (Print)978-1932886054
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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