Vagueness and software engineering

Fahmi, Marco (2008) Vagueness and software engineering. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 33(3), pp. 244-253.

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Abstract

We do not commonly associate software engineering with philosophical debate. Indeed, software engineers ought to be concerned with building software systems and not settling philosophical questions. I attempt to show that software engineers do, in fact, take philosophical sides when designing software applications. In particular, I look at how the problem of vagueness arises in software engineering and argue that when software engineers solve it, they commit to philosophical views that they are seldom aware of. In the second part of the paper, I suggest a way of dealing with vague predicates without having to confront the problem of vagueness itself. The purpose of my paper is to highlight the currently prevalent disconnect between philosophy and software engineering. I claim that a better knowledge of the philosophical debate is important as it can have ramifications for crucial software design decisions. Better awareness of philosophical issues not only produces better software engineers, it also produces better engineered products.

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ID Code: 75991
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1179/174327908X366932
ISSN: 0308-0188
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2014 22:33
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2014 23:12

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