Towards a Conceptualization of Sociomaterial Entanglement

In knowledge representation, socio-technical systems can be modeled
as multiagent systems in which the local knowledge of each individual agent can
be seen as a context. In this paper we propose formal ontologies as a means to
describe the assumptions driving the construction of contexts as local theories and
to enable interoperability among them. In particular, we present two alternative
conceptualizations of the notion of sociomateriality (and entanglement), which
is central in the recent debates on socio-technical systems in the social sciences,
namely critical and agential realism.
We thus start by providing a model of entanglement according to the critical realist
view, representing it as a property of objects that are essentially dependent on
different modules of an already given ontology. We refine then our treatment by
proposing a taxonomy of sociomaterial entanglements that distinguishes between
ontological and epistemological entanglement. In the final section, we discuss the
second perspective, which is more challenging form the point of view of knowledge
representation, and we show that the very distinction of information into
modules can be at least in principle built out of the assumption of an entangled
reality.

Publication type: 
Contributo in atti di convegno
Author or Creator: 
Ferrario, R.
Porello, D.
Publisher: 
Springer, Berlin , Germania
Source: 
International Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context, pp. 32–46, Lanarca, Cipro, 2-6/11/2015
Date: 
2015
Resource Identifier: 
http://www.cnr.it/prodotto/i/343092
https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25591-0_3
info:doi:10.1007/978-3-319-25591-0_3
urn:isbn:978-3-319-25591-0
Language: 
Eng
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