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Universalism as utopia: a historical study of the schemes and schemas of Paul Otlet (1868-1944)

Wouter Van Acker UGent (2011)
abstract
This doctoral dissertation is an intellectual biography which discusses the projects and utopian visions of Paul Otlet (1868-1944). Paul Otlet formulated the concept of ‘documentation’, a field incorporating both study and practice that evolved out of bibliography before developing into information science. He was also a sociologist, an internationalist and indefatigable promoter of his conception of ‘universalism’ or ‘mondialism’, and of the Mundaneum and the Cité Mondiale. The major source that is used to throw new light on Otlet as a utopian thinker is an impressive collection of thousands of unpublished schemas. By means of an historical analysis of his schemas and writings, this thesis aims to identify the fundamental universalistic character of his utopian vision of knowledge organization and international organization. Universalism was a phenomenon incorporating complex personal ideals and social objectives, assuming different meanings in the fields of science, culture and politics, and reflecting the historical circumstances and undertakings of the time. By exploring how Paul Otlet and others dealt with the issue, this dissertation aims to contribute to the history of the idea of ‘universalism’.
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author
promoter
UGent and W Boyd Rayward
organization
year
type
dissertation (monograph)
subject
keyword
organicism, cosmopolitanism, transnational history, internationalism, information history, documentation
pages
769 pages
publisher
University Press
place of publication
Zelzate
defense location
Gent: Het Pand (Onderbergen 1)
defense date
2011-11-07 17:00
ISBN
9789085784593
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
D1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1942681
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1942681
date created
2011-11-16 13:36:43
date last changed
2012-06-19 09:04:06
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  abstract     = {This doctoral dissertation is an intellectual biography which discusses the projects and utopian visions of Paul Otlet (1868-1944). Paul Otlet formulated the concept of {\textquoteleft}documentation{\textquoteright}, a field incorporating both study and practice that evolved out of bibliography before developing into information science. He was also a sociologist, an internationalist and indefatigable promoter of his conception of {\textquoteleft}universalism{\textquoteright} or {\textquoteleft}mondialism{\textquoteright}, and of the Mundaneum and the Cit{\'e} Mondiale. The major source that is used to throw new light on Otlet as a utopian thinker is an impressive collection of  thousands of unpublished schemas. By means of an historical analysis of his schemas and writings, this thesis aims to identify the fundamental universalistic character of his utopian vision of knowledge organization and international organization. Universalism was a phenomenon incorporating complex personal ideals and social objectives, assuming different meanings in the fields of science, culture and politics, and reflecting the historical circumstances and undertakings of the time. By exploring how Paul Otlet and others dealt with the issue, this dissertation aims to contribute to the history of the idea of {\textquoteleft}universalism{\textquoteright}.},
  author       = {Van Acker, Wouter},
  isbn         = {9789085784593},
  keyword      = {organicism,cosmopolitanism,transnational history,internationalism,information history,documentation},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {769},
  publisher    = {University Press},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Universalism as utopia: a historical study of the schemes and schemas of Paul Otlet (1868-1944)},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Van Acker, Wouter. 2011. “Universalism as Utopia: a Historical Study of the Schemes and Schemas of Paul Otlet (1868-1944)”. Zelzate: University Press.
APA
Van Acker, W. (2011). Universalism as utopia: a historical study of the schemes and schemas of Paul Otlet (1868-1944). University Press, Zelzate.
Vancouver
1.
Van Acker W. Universalism as utopia: a historical study of the schemes and schemas of Paul Otlet (1868-1944). [Zelzate]: University Press; 2011.
MLA
Van Acker, Wouter. “Universalism as Utopia: a Historical Study of the Schemes and Schemas of Paul Otlet (1868-1944).” 2011 : n. pag. Print.