Aristotle's Contribution to Scholarly Communication (corrected dissertation)
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This historical study examines the Aristotelian foundations of the Library and Museum of Alexandria for the purpose of (1) understanding how the Library and Museum differed from preceding ancient Near Eastern information institutions (i.e., ―protolibraries‖) and (2) how Aristotle‘s methodologies for producing scientific knowledge were carried out in Alexandria. While protolibraries served as safeguards for maintaining a static cultural/political ―stream of tradition‖ and created, organized, and maintained ―library‖ documents to this end, the Library of Alexandria was a tool for theoretical knowledge creation. The Library materialized Aristotelian pre-scientific theory, specifically dialectic and served the scholarly community of the Museum in its research. Following the Library, collections of materialized endoxa, or recorded esteemed opinions, became a necessary tool for use by scholarly communities. The Library established the post-Aristotelian paradigm under which academic libraries still operate. Although the Library of Alexandria represented a fundamental shift in the meaning and purpose of collections of recorded documents, a feminist critique of the post-Aristotelian library shows that the academic library, while used in knowledge creation, is rooted in a foundationalist philosophy that validates and maintains the status quo.
DescriptionFollowing is the corrected version of the doctoral dissertation with errata sheet added to the end of the document (created Oct 9, 2009 and last updated Jan 10, 2014): Bales, Stephen. ―Aristotle‘s Contribution to Scholarly Communication.‖ PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2008. Corrections were made to remedy minor errors as well as substantive errors and citation errors and omissions. A list of corrections appears at the end of this document. Theoriginal, uncorrected version is catalogued at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and by OCLC (#444510431).
Bales, Stephen (2014). Aristotle's Contribution to Scholarly Communication (corrected dissertation). Stephen Bales. Available electronically from