Special Issue "Angeletics / Messaging Theory"
A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2012).
Interests: angeletics; information science; bioethics; media philosophy; ethics and robotics; nanoethics; hermeneutics; business ethics; information ethics; knowledge management
Interests: phenomenology; social ontology; metaphysics; post-metaphysics; philosophy of time; critique of modern science; ontology of social power; justice and capitalism; early Greek philosophy
Interests: information science; electronic publishing; health informatics; philosophy of information and communication; theory of cinema; hermeneutic phenomenology; linguistics; logology
The term angeletics comes from Greek angelos / angelia, meaning messenger / messages. We use these terms when we refer to angels or divine messengers. There is a long tradition in theology and religious studies called angelology. Angeletics is in this regard different from angelology. Its purpose is to study the phenomenon of messages and messengers within the boundaries of the condition humaine, having as its primary object human communication but including technical and natural processes as well. For the philosophers of the Enlightenment, such as Immanuel Kant, the censorship-free distribution of scientific knowledge through the press belongs to the core of a free society. The question today is then to what extent the internet creates a new angeletic space giving rise to new synergies of messages and messengers beyond the hierarchical structure of mass media. Angeletics is the general term used for the cultural, social and philosophical phenomenon of messages and messengers, while ‘messaging theory’ is used more specifically for the phenomenon’s scientific and technological aspects.
See: Rafael Capurro - John Holgate (eds.). Messages and Messengers. Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology of Communication. Vol.5, Munich 2011.
Prof. Dr. Rafael Capurro
Dr Michael Eldred
Dr John D. Holgate
- digital anthropology
- philosophy of communication
- Messaging Theory