Graduation Year

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

History

Major Professor

Davide Tanasi, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Davide Tanasi, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Adriana Novoa, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Alex Levine, Ph.D.

Keywords

information, knowledge, digital humanities, technology

Abstract

The twentieth century was a century of scientific and technological development. Especially the fact of information and communication technologies, beyond being a technological leap, has led to different levels of development and changes / transformations. Therefore, developments, possibilities, changes and problems emerging in the Internet and other digital contexts have attracted the attention of communication scientists, sociologists, historians and philosophers, and have become a field of research that leads to interdisciplinary studies. Along with the mass media developed for the last two centuries (from the spread of newspapers to the invention of the internet), every social development or transformation is being discussed by many academicians. We want to know what we should do in this situation or we expect someone to tell us what we need to do. It is an indispensable fact that these new technologies have many cultural and social effects. Digital humanities is seen as an indispensable field for many scholars because it offers new perspective and presents an alternative solution. Epistemology, which is one of the basic disciplines of philosophy, deals with questions such as "What is knowledge?", "How is there a difference between knowledge and belief?" Questions have been the same question for thousands of years, but when we look at the answers, we can see that the root question has changed even if it is expressed in the same words. The difference between Plato's response and Habermas's answer to the same question indicates the change in the object. For this reason, I will discuss some potential problems while also discussing what can be done with this information/knowledge. Moreover, it is aimed to discuss “information society” analyzing its historical development, the emergence of digital humanities, and the philosophical meaning of the latter.

Included in

History Commons

COinS