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Floridi’s “Open Problems in Philosophy of Information”, Ten Years Later
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Box 883, SE-72123 Västerås, Sweden
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Received: 7 April 2011; in revised form: 2 May 2011 / Accepted: 12 May 2011 / Published: 23 May 2011
Abstract: In his article Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information  Luciano Floridi presented a Philosophy of Information research program in the form of eighteen open problems, covering the following fundamental areas: Information definition, information semantics, intelligence/cognition, informational universe/nature and values/ethics. We revisit Floridi’s program, highlighting some of the major advances, commenting on unsolved problems and rendering the new landscape of the Philosophy of Information (PI) emerging at present. As we analyze the progress of PI we try to situate Floridi’s program in the context of scientific and technological development that have been made last ten years. We emphasize that Philosophy of Information is a huge and vibrant research field, with its origins dating before Open Problems, and its domains extending even outside their scope. In this paper, we have been able only to sketch some of the developments during the past ten years. Our hope is that, even if fragmentary, this review may serve as a contribution to the effort of understanding the present state of the art and the paths of development of Philosophy of Information as seen through the lens of Open Problems.
Keywords: Philosophy of Information; information definition; information semantics; intelligence/cognition; informational universe; Information Ethics; unified theories of information; info-computationalism
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Dodig Crnkovic, G.; Hofkirchner, W. Floridi’s “Open Problems in Philosophy of Information”, Ten Years Later. Information 2011, 2, 327-359.
Dodig Crnkovic G, Hofkirchner W. Floridi’s “Open Problems in Philosophy of Information”, Ten Years Later. Information. 2011; 2(2):327-359.
Dodig Crnkovic, Gordana; Hofkirchner, Wolfgang. 2011. "Floridi’s “Open Problems in Philosophy of Information”, Ten Years Later." Information 2, no. 2: 327-359.