Jon Awbrey

Presently …

Inquiry Driven Systems
Peirce’s 1870 Logic of Relatives
Differential Logic : Introduction
Differential Propositional Calculus
Prospects for Inquiry Driven Systems
Introduction to Inquiry Driven Systems
Propositional Equation Reasoning Systems
Differential Logic and Dynamic Systems 2.0

Recent Sightings

Presentations and Publications

  • Awbrey, S.M., and Awbrey, J.L. (May 2001), “Conceptual Barriers to Creating Integrative Universities”, Organization : The Interdisciplinary Journal of Organization, Theory, and Society 8(2), Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. 269–284. Abstract.
  • Awbrey, S.M., and Awbrey, J.L. (September 1999), “Organizations of Learning or Learning Organizations : The Challenge of Creating Integrative Universities for the Next Century”, Second International Conference of the Journal ‘Organization’, Re-Organizing Knowledge, Trans-Forming Institutions : Knowing, Knowledge, and the University in the 21st Century, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Online.
  • Awbrey, J.L., and Awbrey, S.M. (Autumn 1995), “Interpretation as Action : The Risk of Inquiry”, Inquiry : Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 15(1), pp. 40–52. Archive. Journal. Online.
  • Awbrey, J.L., and Awbrey, S.M. (June 1992), “Interpretation as Action : The Risk of Inquiry”, The Eleventh International Human Science Research Conference, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
  • Awbrey, S.M., and Awbrey, J.L. (May 1991), “An Architecture for Inquiry : Building Computer Platforms for Discovery”, Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Technology and Education, Toronto, Canada, pp. 874–875. Online.
  • Awbrey, J.L., and Awbrey, S.M. (January 1991), “Exploring Research Data Interactively : Developing a Computer Architecture for Inquiry”, Poster presented at the Annual Sigma Xi Research Forum, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
  • Awbrey, J.L., and Awbrey, S.M. (August 1990), “Exploring Research Data Interactively. Theme One : A Program of Inquiry”, Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Conference on Applications of Artificial Intelligence and CD-ROM in Education and Training, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Washington, DC, pp. 9–15. Online.


6 Responses to About

  1. Jon,

    Do you have a citation for the term plausibility that you use instead of tenacity? I’d like to use that term in the chapter I’m writing for Torkild and want to cite you.


  2. rdmounce says:

    Read your comments on Dick Lipton’s blog. “Inquiry into inquiry” has some overlap with Bernard Lonergan’s hermeneutics and I wondered if you knew about his work? In any case, I now have some assurance that a study of Peirce might prove beneficial!

    • Jon Awbrey says:

      No, I don’t recall reading Lonergan.  I read more widely in the hermeneutics literature all through the 1990s but I have been hewing more closely to Peirce’s semiotics since then.

  3. Yago Morais says:

    Hi Jon!

    Do you have some examples (simple examples, using common sense) about Peirce’s theory of information?  I’ve been reading your work but maybe other examples explaining the relation between the essential breadth and essential depth will be helpful.  It will help with my research!

    Congratulations for your work and study about Peirce.


    • Jon Awbrey says:


      As it happens, I have just returned to my study of Peirce’s early work on information theory, as presented in his Harvard and Lowell lectures of 1865–1866.  Peirce begins his analysis of information with some of the most concrete, simple, and common sense examples that we will ever see again from him, so maybe a study of those will help.

      Here is a link to the initial blog post of my current series:

      { Information = Comprehension × Extension }

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