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2009/07/09-Forthcoming books of major relevancy to the information concepts realm from our colleague Luciano Floridi

posted 9 Jul 2009, 14:30 by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated 22 Jul 2010, 16:03 ]
In “Information”, belonging to the famous book series of Oxford University Press “a very short introduction”, the author goes through synthetic but rigorously the mathematical, physical, biological, economical and ethical issues of information. In “The philosophy of information” he explores the main philosophical problems concerning informative phenomena, presenting original approaches and overviewing many of the alternatives and most relevant solutions. It is undoubtedly a singular contribution to the foundation problems, placed in the very core of our elucidation.
With the purpose of knowing our opinion and to feed the discussion posed within the project, Luciano whish to share his work –in preliminary version- with BITrum members. The author thanks in advance any comment, critic or discussion relative to these texts, whose contents -we believe- might be very valuable in the context of the interdiciplinary elucidation we aim. From the project coordination we feel cordially grateful for his trust gesture and his sharing of so valuable contents. In the private BITrum member site we offer access to the mentioned texts and we beg to use them respectfully... Congratulazioni caro Luciano!!
Information. A very short introduction
Author first words: “The goal of this volume is to provide an outline of what information is, of its manifold nature, of the roles that it plays in several scientific contexts, and of the social and ethical issues raised by its growing importance. The outline is necessarily selective, or it would be neither very short nor introductory. But my hope is that it will still help the reader to make sense of the large variety of informational phenomena with which we deal on a daily basis, and hence of the information society in which we live…”
Contents: Introduction; 1) The information revolution; 2) the language of information; 3) Mathematical information; 4) Semantic information; 5) Physical information; 6) Biological information; 7) Economic information; 8) The ethics of information; Conclusion: the marriage of physis and techne.

The philosophy of information
Author first words: “This book brings together the outcome of ten years of research. It is based on a simple project, which I begun to pursue towards the end of the nineties: information is a crucial concept, which deserves a serious, philosophical investigation. So the book lays down the conceptual foundations of a new area of research: the philosophy of information. It does so systematically, by pursuing three goals. The first is metatheoretical […,] what the philosophy of information is, its problems, and its method of levels of abstraction. […,] The second goal is introductory [… exploring] the complex and multifarious nature of several informational concepts and phenomena. The third goal is constructive […] some classic philosophical questions, by approaching them informationally […]”
Contents: 1) What is philosophy of information; 2) Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information; 3) The Methods of Levels of Abstraction; 4) Semantic Information and the Veridicality Thesis; 5) Outline of a Theory of Strongly Semantic Information; 6) The Symbol Grounding Problem; 7) Action-Based Semantics; 8) Semantic Information and the Correctness Theory of Truth; 9) The Logical Unsolvability of the Gettier Problem; 10) The Logic of Being Informed; 11) Understanding Epistemic Relevance; 12) Semantic Information and the Network Theory of Account; 13) Consciousness, Agents and the Knowledge Game; 14) Against Digital Ontology; 15) A Defence of Informational Structural Realism.