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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.001.0001

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The informational nature of selves

The informational nature of selves

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The Ethics of Information

Luciano Floridi

Oxford University Press

Our philosophical anthropology is changing profoundly. Human life is quickly becoming a matter of onlife experience, which reshapes constraints and offers new affordances in the development of our identities, their conscious appropriation, and our personal as well as collective self-understanding. Today, we increasingly acknowledge the importance of a common yet unprecedented phenomenon, which may be described as the construction of personal identities in the infosphere. In particular, during the last two decades or so, roughly since the appearance of Turkle (1995), a new area of investigation into the nature of personal identity has begun to emerge, due to the dramatic evolution of ICTs and their widespread impact on our lives. In this chapter, I explore the foundations of the construction of personal identities, by developing an informational analysis of the self.

Keywords:   egology, individualization, embodiment, detachment, the digital gaze, realization

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