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The Concept of Object and its Relation to Human Thinking: Some Misunderstandings Concerning the Connection Between Object-Orientationand Human Thinking
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Information Systems and Project Management.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Information Systems and Project Management.
1998 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

All throughout the computer science community object-orientation is accepted as being built upon the same basic concepts that human beings use to apprehend reality. This misconception, as we think, is what we focus on in this paper. To show this we analyse two well-recognised object-oriented systems development methods. We try to pinpoint in what way these methods do not correspond to the way human beings apprehend reality in terms of objects. We show that the methods do not use the concepts of object or class in a manner that corresponds to the way human beings use them to apprehend reality. Furthermore the method-creators do not separate the notion of an object and its representation in a model. We also suggest a better adaptation of the searching-for-objects model based on how human beings apprehend reality. When analysing, one should focus on the purpose of the actions and the two different modes with which an object can be treated: present-at-hand and readiness-to-hand. This will increase the conformity between object-orientation and the way human beings apprehend reality.

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Working Paper - Social Sciences, University of Karlstad , 1998.
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Keywords: object-orientation, systems development, human-thinking
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Information Systems
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Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24322OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-24322DiVA, id: diva2:598089
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