After the success of the First Edition of the International Workshop on Philosophical Foundations of Information Systems Engineering (PHISE'05), we are
glad to invite you to this 2nd Edition of the Workshop.
Empirical and Formal Sciences are more ancient than Engineering Sciences and, for this reason, they have their own
philosophical branch, the Philosophy of Science. Unfortunately, Engineering Sciences have no fully developed philosophical branch working towards conceptual clarity.
This workshop will try to cover different aspects related to philosophical foundations of the research in
Software Engineering applied to Information System development. We propose
an interdisciplinary workshop
as a result of the confluence of three disciplines: Philosophy of Sciences
and Technology, Software Engineering (SE)
and Information System (IS). The topics that will be covered in the workshop
will be related to methodological
research in SE and IS (research methods, validation of the research results,
etc.) as well as other relevant
issues as the use of Ontologies and metaphors in SE and IS, Ethics,
Information Society and Cybersociety, Cyberspace, etc.
The following questions about SE research may be posed: Are current methods
for SE research appropriate?
Do they meet all the possible problems in this area? Is it necessary to
define new and different methods to the
traditional scientific ones? Is it necessary to adapt the existing ones? How
should research works in SE be validated?
It seems clear that methodological aspects in Information Systems
Engineering (ISE)should not be separated from the foundations of Philosophy of Science, but
benefit from the synergy of both disciplines.
Besides, it is easy to appreciate that philosophical foundations affect not
only ISE research, but also many
others aspects of these disciplines. In general, such foundations are
directly imported from traditional sciences,
which is not always right. Think, for example of the utilization of the term
"model" in IS or SE:
does it have the same meaning as the one used in Models Theory? In this
sense, a recent important international
activity tries to go deeper into these concepts from a philosophical
perspective, mainly studying the philosophical concept of "ontology" applied
The workshop will be an attempt to cover the existing lack of philosophical
foundation in ISE as a first meeting
forum between these two disciplines.