Software Development and Reality Construction

  • Christiane Floyd
  • Heinz Züllighoven
  • Reinhard Budde
  • Reinhard Keil-Slawik

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Christiane Floyd, Heinz Züllighoven, Reinhard Budde, Reinhard Keil-Slawik
      Pages 3-10
  3. Thinking About Computer Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-14
    2. Christiane Floyd
      Pages 15-27
    3. Donald E. Knuth
      Pages 28-30
  4. Living Computer Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-34
    2. Joseph A. Goguen
      Pages 39-44
    3. Rodney M. Burstall
      Pages 45-51
  5. On Reality Construction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-74
    2. Heinz von Foerster, Christiane Floyd
      Pages 75-85
    3. Christiane Floyd
      Pages 86-100
  6. Learning to Know

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-130
    2. Klaus Amann
      Pages 131-139
    3. Dirk Siefkes
      Pages 140-154
    4. John M. Carroll
      Pages 155-167
    5. Reinhard Keil-Slawik
      Pages 168-188
  7. Computer Science and Beyond

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-192
    2. Joseph A. Goguen
      Pages 193-202
    3. Heinz K. Klein, Kalle Lyytinen
      Pages 203-219
    4. Pentti Kerola, Jouni Similä
      Pages 220-228
  8. Understanding the Computer Through Metaphors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-232
    2. Susanne Maaß, Horst Oberquelle
      Pages 233-251
    3. Reinhard Budde, Heinz Züllighoven
      Pages 252-268
    4. Thomas F. Gordon
      Pages 280-290
  9. Designing for People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-294
    2. Gro Bjerknes
      Pages 295-301
    3. Markku I. Nurminen
      Pages 302-311
    4. Fanny-Michaela Reisin
      Pages 312-325
    5. Wolfgang Dzida
      Pages 326-335
    6. Walter Volpert
      Pages 336-348
  10. Epistemological Approaches to Informatics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-352
    2. Joseph A. Goguen
      Pages 353-362
    3. Rafael Capurro
      Pages 363-375
    4. Dafydd Gibbon
      Pages 376-390
    5. Arne Raeithel
      Pages 391-415
    6. Klaus Fuchs-Kittowski
      Pages 416-432
  11. Epilogue

    1. Christiane Floyd, Heinz Züllighoven, Reinhard Budde, Reinhard Keil-Slawik
      Pages 433-443
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 445-477

About this book


The present book is based on the conference Software Development and Reality Construction held at SchloB Eringerfeld in Germany, September 25 - 30, 1988. This was organized by the Technical University of Berlin (TUB) in cooperation with the German National Research Center for Computer Science (GMD), Sankt Augustin, and sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation whose financial support we gratefully acknowledge. The conference was an interdisciplinary scientific and cultural event aimed at promoting discussion on the nature of computer science as a scientific discipline and on the theoretical foundations and systemic practice required for human-oriented system design. In keeping with the conversational style of the conference, the book comprises a series of individual contributions, arranged so as to form a coherent whole. Some authors reflect on their practice in computer science and system design. Others start from approaches developed in the humanities and the social sciences for understanding human learning and creativity, individual and cooperative work, and the interrelation between technology and organizations. Thus, each contribution makes its specific point and can be read on its own merit. But, at the same time, it takes its place as a chapter in the book, along with all the other contributions, to give what seemed to us a meaningful overall line of argumentation. This required careful editorial coordination, and we are grateful to all the authors for bearing with us throughout the slow genesis of the book and for complying with our requests for extensive revision of some of the manuscripts.


Cognition Epistemologie Epistemology Kognition Philosophy of Science Software Engineering Wissenschaftsphilosophie computer science design development learning software

Editors and affiliations

  • Christiane Floyd
    • 1
  • Heinz Züllighoven
    • 2
  • Reinhard Budde
    • 2
  • Reinhard Keil-Slawik
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte Informatik, Sekr. 5-6Technische Universität BerlinBerlin 10Fed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Institut für Systemtechnik (F2)GMDSankt Augustin 1Fed. Rep. of Germany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76819-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76817-0
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