- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (January 9, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0631198784
- ISBN-13: 978-0631198789
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Relevance, first published in 1986, was named as one of the most important and influential books of the decade in the Times Higher Educational Supplement. This revised edition includes a new Preface outlining developments in Relevance Theory since 1986, discussing the more serious criticisms of the theory, and envisaging possible revisions or extensions.
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In my own view a theory about relevance must essentially be an epistemological theory. In a given domain, there exists differents theories, metatheories, "paradigms" etc., which in a very strong way implies what is relevant. In psychology, for example, there is a big difference between what is regarded relevant by a behaviorist and by a psychoanalyst. You cannot study relevance neglecting the different "theories" from which human beings interact with the world. For a longer discussion see my paper "Relevance research: the missing perspective(s). "non-relevance" and "epistemological relevance" in Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 2000, vol. 51, no. 2, pp.209-211.
Talbot, M. M. (1997). Relevance. IN: Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language. Ed. By P. V. Lamarque & R. E. Asher. (Pp. 445-447). New York: Pergamon.