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Luciano Floridi presents a book that will set the agenda for the philosophy of information. PI is the philosophical field concerned with (1) the critical investigation of the conceptual nature and basic principles of information, including its dynamics, utilisation, and sciences, and (2) the elaboration and application of information-theoretic and computational methodologies to philosophical problems. This book lays down, for the first time, the conceptualfoundations for this new area of research. Floridi describes what the philosophy of information is; helps the reader to gain a better grasp of the complex and multifarious nature of the various concepts and phenomena related to information; and answers several key theoretical questions of greatphilosophical interest, arising from the investigation of semantic information.
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Among his recognitions, he has been appointed the Gauss Professor by the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, and is recipient of the APA's Barwise Prize, the IACAP's Covey Award, and the INSEIT's Weizenbaum Award. He is an AISB and BCS Fellow, Editor in Chief of Philosophy & Technology and of the Synthese Library, and was Chairman of EU Commission's 'Onlife' research group. His most recent books are: The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011), Information: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010), and The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (CUP, 2010).
Table of Contents
What is the Philosophy of Information?
Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information
The Method of Levels of Abstraction
Semantic Information and the Veridicality Thesis
Outline of a Theory of Strongly Semantic Information
The Symbol Grounding Problem
Semantic Information and the Correctness Theory of Truth
The Logical Unsolvability of the Gettier Problem
The Logic of Being Informed
Understanding Epistemic Relevance
Semantic Information and the Network Theory of Account
Consciousness, Agents and the Knowledge Game
Against Digital Ontology
A Defence of Informational Structural Realism
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