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The Philosophy of Information$
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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232383.001.0001

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What is the philosophy of information?

What is the philosophy of information?

(p.1) 1 What is the philosophy of information?
The Philosophy of Information

Luciano Floridi (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The chapter outlines the historical emergence of the philosophy of information (PI). It defines PI as the new philosophical field concerned with (a) the critical investigation of the conceptual nature and basic principles of information, including its dynamics, utilization and sciences; and (b) the elaboration and application of information-theoretic and computational methodologies to philosophical problems. It argues that PI is a mature discipline because it represents an autonomous field of research; it provides an innovative approach to both traditional and new philosophical topics; and it complements other branches of philosophy, by offering a systematic treatment of the conceptual foundations of the world of information and the information society. PI may be approached in two ways, one analytical and the other metaphysical. The chapter ends with the suggestion that PI might be considered a new kind of first philosophy.

Keywords:   dialectic, first philosophy, philosophia prima, philosophy of artificial intelligence, philosophy of information, scholasticism

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