Towards a philosophy of software development : 40 years after the birth of software engineering

Show simple item record Northover, Mandy Kourie, Derrick G. Boake, Andrew B. Gruner, Stefan Northover, Alan 2009-05-26T08:46:05Z 2009-05-26T08:46:05Z 2008-08
dc.description.abstract Over the past four decades, software engineering has emerged as a discipline in its own right, though it has roots both in computer science and in classical engineering. Its philosophical foundations and premises are not yet well understood. In recent times, members of the software engineering community have started to search for such foundations. In particular, the philosophies of Kuhn and Popper have been used by philosophically-minded software engineers in search of a deeper understanding of their discipline. It seems, however, that professional philosophers of science are not yet aware of this new discourse within the field of software engineering. Therefore, this article aims to reflect critically upon recent software engineers’ attempts towards a philosophy of software engineering and to introduce our own philosophical thoughts in this context. Finally, we invite the professional philosophers of science to participate in this interesting new discourse. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Northover, M, Kourie, DG, Boake, A, Gruner, S & Northover, A 2008, ‘Towards a Philosophy of Software Development: 40 Years after the Birth of Software Engineering’, Journal for General Philosophy of Science, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 85-113. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1572-8587
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s10838-008-9068-7
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.rights Springer. The original publication is available at en_US
dc.subject Philosophy of technology en_US
dc.subject Philosophy of software development en_US
dc.subject Software science versus software engineering en_US
dc.subject Development process en_US
dc.subject Change en_US
dc.subject Evolution en_US
dc.subject Revolution en_US
dc.subject Paradigm shift en_US
dc.subject Popper en_US
dc.subject Kuhn en_US
dc.subject Feyerabend en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Software engineering
dc.title Towards a philosophy of software development : 40 years after the birth of software engineering en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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