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Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information

Patrick Allo (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3867-6
208 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Putting Information First focuses on Luciano Floridi’s contributions to the philosophy of information. Respected scholars stimulate the debate on the most distinctive and controversial views he defended, and present the philosophy of information as a specific way of doing philosophy.
  • Contains eight essays by leading scholars, a reply by Luciano Floridi, and an epilogue by Terrell W. Bynum
  • Explains the importance of philosophy of information as a specific way of doing philosophy
  • Focuses directly on the work of Luciano Floridi in the area of philosophy of information, but also connects to contemporary concerns in philosophy more generally
  • Illustrates several debates that arise from core themes in the philosophy of information
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Notes on Contributors.

Introduction.

1 Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information (PATRICK ALLO).

Knowledge.

2 The Value of Knowledge and the Pursuit of Survival (SHERRILYN ROUSH).

3 Knowledge Transmissibility and Pluralistic Ignorance: A First Stab (VINCENT F. HENDRICKS).

Agency.

4 Meeting Floridi’s Challenge to Artificial Intelligence from the Knowledge-Game Test for Self-Consciousness (SELMER BRINGSJORD).

Semantic Information.

5 Information Without Truth (ANDREA SCARANTINO AND GUALTIERO PICCININI).

6 Information and Knowledge a la Floridi (FRED ADAMS).

Methodology.

7 Abstraction, Law, and Freedom in Computer Science (TIMOTHY COLBURN AND GARY SHUTE).

Metaphysics.

8 Structuralism and Information (OTA VIO BUENO).

Ethics.

9 Why Information Ethics Must Begin with Virtue Ethics (RICHARD VOLKMAN).

Replies.

10 The Philosophy of Information: Ten Years Later (LUCIANO FLORIDI).

Epilogue.

11 Philosophy in the Information Age (TERRELL WARD BYNUM).

Index.

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Patrick Allo is a Postdoctoral Fellow based at the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. He is also affiliated with the Information Ethics Group at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the interface between the philosophy of logic, formal epistemology, and the philosophy of information.
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