Professor Luciano Floridi
Luciano Floridi is the OII’s Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information. In Oxford, he is also Fellow of St Cross College; Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy at the Department of Computer Science; and Member of the Faculty of Philosophy. Outside Oxford, he is Adjunct Professor ("Distinguished Scholar in Residence") of the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C.
Before joining the OII, Floridi was UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics and Research Chair in Philosophy of Information at the University of Hertfordshire; Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Università degli Studi di Bari; Markle Foundation Senior Research Fellow in Information Policy, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford; Francis Yates Fellow of the Warburg Institute, University of London; Junior Research Fellow and then Research Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford; and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.
Floridi's long-term project is a tetralogy on the foundations of the philosophy of information. His most recent books are: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP, 2014); The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013, vol. II of the tetralogy); The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011, vol. I of the tetralogy); Information - A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010); and The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (edited for CUP, 2010).
In terms of services to the profession, Floridi is President elect of the International Society for the Study of Information (2013-) and member of the international evaluation committee of the University of Milan (2009-). He was Chairman of the European Commission’s expert group “Concepts Engineering”, on the impact of information and communication technologies on the digital transformations occurring in the European society (2012-2013), and President of the International Association for Computing And Philosophy (2006-2010). He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy & Technology; Editor-in-Chief of the Synthese Library book series; Subject editor of Synthese (philosophy of computing and information); Associate editor of The Information Society (philosophy of information); and Member of the editorial boards of Ethics and Information Technology, Etica e Politica, International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, Minds and Machines, Philosophical Inquiries, Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia, and Telematics & Informatics.
As an international speaker, he has delivered ca. three hundred talks. Recent engagements with the general public include keynotes at the Digital Agenda Annual Assembly, the Seoul Digital Forum, the Beijing Forum, the European Parliament, TED, and the World Science Festival.
Recognitions in the last five years include: Member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (MAIPS); Weizenbaum Award, by the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology, for his “significant contribution to the field of information and computer ethics, through his research, service, and vision”; Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS); Covey Award, by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy, for outstanding research in philosophy and computing; first Distinguished Scholar (adjunct professor of economics) ever nominated by American University in Washington since its foundation in 1892; laurea honoris causa by the University of Suceava, Romania, for “his groundbreaking work on the philosophy of information”; Fellow of the Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; University of Hertfordshire; HertfordshireVice-Chancellor Award “for research supporting engagement with business, the profession and partner organisations”; Gauss Professor by the Göttingen Academy of Sciences (first philosopher elected); Barwise Prize, by the American Philosophical Association “in recognition of his research on the philosophy of information”; Fellow of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour.
Floridi is best known for his foundational research on the Philosophy of Information and Information Ethics, two new research areas that he has contributed to establish. Other research interests include the Philosophy of Technology, Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic, and the History and Philosophy of Scepticism. He has more than 150 publications in these areas, appeared in many anthologies and in peer-reviewed journals. His works have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, French, Greek, Japanese, Italian, Hungarian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish (Professor Floridi's profile in Google Scholar).
information and computer ethics, philosophy of information, philosophy of technology
Positions held at the OII
- Director of Research, April 2014 -
- Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, September 2013 -
- Floridi, L. (2013) Distributed Morality in an Information Society. Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (3) 727-743.
- Floridi, L. (2013) What is a Philosophical Question? Metaphilosophy 44 (3) 195-221.
- Floridi, L. (2012) Turing's Three Philosophical Lessons and the Philosophy of Information. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 370: 3536-3542.
- Floridi, L. (2012) Semantic Information and the Network Theory of Account. Synthese 184 (3) 431-454.
- Borgo, R., Abdul-Rahman, A., Mohamed, F., Grant, P.W., Reppa, I., Floridi, L., and Chen, M. (2012) An Empirical Study on Using Visual Embellishments in Visualization. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 18 (12).
- Floridi, L. (2011) The Informational Nature of Personal Identity. Minds & Machines 21 (4) 549-566.
- Floridi, L. (2011) A Defence of Constructionism: Philosophy as Conceptual Engineering. Metaphilosophy 42 (3) 282-304.
- Floridi, L. (2010) Semantic Information and the Correctness Theory of Truth. Erkenntnis 74 (2) 147-175.
- Floridi, L. (2010) The Philosophy of Information as a Conceptual Framework. Knowledge, Technology and Policy 23 (1-2).
- Floridi, L. (2010) Information, Possible Worlds, and the Cooptation of Scepticism. Synthese 175 (1) 63-88.
- Floridi, L. (2010) Network Ethics: Information and Business Ethics in a Networked Society. Journal of Business Ethics 90 (4) 649-659.
- Floridi, L. (2010) The Philosophy of Information: Ten Years Later. Metaphilosophy 41 (3) 402-419.
- Turilli, M. and Floridi, L. (2009) The Ethics of Information Transparency. Ethics and Information Technology 11 (2) 105-112.
- Floridi, L. (2009) The Information Society and Its Philosophy. The Information Society 25 (3) 153-158.
- Floridi, L., Taddeo M. and Turilli, M. (2009) Turing's Imitation Game: Still a Challenge for All Machines and Some Judges. Minds and Machines 19 (1) 145-150.
- Floridi, L. (2009) Philosophical Conceptions of Information. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5363: 13-53.
- Floridi, L. (2009) Against Digital Ontology. Synthese 168 (1) 151-178.
- Floridi, L. (2009) Logical Fallacies as Informational Shortcuts. Synthese 167 (2) 317-325.
- Floridi, L. (2009) The Semantic Web vs. Web 2.0: a Philosophical Assessment. Episteme 6: 25-37.
- Floridi, L. and D'Agostino, M. (2009) The Enduring Scandal of Deduction. Is Propositional Logic really Uninformative? Synthese 167 (2) 271-315.
- Floridi, L. (2008) Artificial Intelligence's New Frontier: Artificial Companions and the Fourth Revolution. Metaphilosophy 39 (4/5) 651-655.
- Floridi, L. (2008) Information Ethics: A Reappraisal. Ethics and Information Technology 10 (2-3) 189-204.
- Floridi, L. (2008) The Method of Levels of Abstraction. Minds and Machines 18 (3) 303-329.
- Floridi, L. (2008) Understanding Epistemic Relevance. Erkenntnis 69 (1) 69-92.
- Floridi, L. (2008) A Defence of Informational Structural Realism. Synthese 161 (2) 219-253.
- Floridi, L. (2007) In defence of the veridical nature of semantic information. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3 (1) 31-41.
- Floridi, L. (2007) Global Information Ethics: The Importance of Being Environmentally Earnest. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction 3 (3) 1-11.
- Floridi, L. (2007) A look into the Future Impact of ICT on Our Lives. The Information Society 23 (1) 59-64.
- Taddeo M. and Floridi, L. (2007) A Praxical Solution of the Symbol Grounding Problem. Minds and Machines 17 (4) 369-389.
- Floridi, L. (2006) The logic of being informed. Logique et Analyse 49 (196) 433-460.
- Floridi, L. (2006) Information Technologies and the Tragedy of the Good Will. Ethics and Information Technology 8 (4) 253-262.
- Floridi, L. (2006) Four Challenges for a Theory of Informational Privacy. Ethics and Information Technology 8 (3) 109-119.
- Floridi, L. (2005) The Ontological Interpretation of Informational Privacy. Ethics and Information Technology 7 (4) 185-200.
- Floridi, L. (2005) Per una filosofia dell'informazione. Epistemologia 28: 283-292.
- Floridi, L. (2005) Consciousness, Agents and the Knowledge Game. Minds and Machines 15 (3-4) 415-444.
- Floridi, L. (2005) Is Information Meaningful Data? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (2) 351-370.
- Floridi, L. (2005) Presence: From Epistemic Failure to Successful Observation. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 14 (6) 656-667.
- Taddeo, M. and Floridi, L. (2005) The Symbol Grounding Problem: a Critical Review of Fifteen Years of Research. Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 17 (4) 419-445.
- Floridi, L. (2005) La filosofia dell'informazione e i suoi problemi. Iride 18 (45) 291-312.
- Greco, G.M., Paronitti, G., Turilli, M., and Floridi, L. (2005) How to Do Philosophy Informationally. Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence 3782: 623–634.
- Floridi, L. (2004) On the Logical Unsolvability of the Gettier Problem. Synthese 142 (1) 61-79.
- Floridi, L. (2004) Outline of a Theory of Strongly Semantic Information. Minds and Machines 14 (2) 197-222.
- Floridi, L. (2004) Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information. Metaphilosophy 35 (4) 554-582.
- Floridi, L. (2004) Afterword - LIS as Applied Philosophy of Information: a Reappraisal. Library Trends 52 (3) 658-665.
- Greco, G.M. and Floridi, L. (2004) The Tragedy of the Digital Commons. Ethics and Information Technology 6 (2) 73-82.
- Floridi, L. and Sanders, J. (2004) On the Morality of Artificial Agents. Minds and Machines 14 (3) 349-379.
- Floridi, L. (2003) Two Approaches to the Philosophy of Information. Minds and Machines 13 (4) 459-469.
- Floridi, L. (2003) On the Intrinsic Value of Information Objects and the Infosphere. Ethics and Information Technology 4 (4) 287-304.
- Floridi, L. (2002) On Defining Library and Information Science as Applied Philosophy of Information. Social Epistemology 16 (11) 37-49.
- Floridi, L. and Sanders, J. (2002) Computer Ethics: Mapping the Foundationalist Debate. Ethics and Information Technology 4 (1) 1-9.
- Floridi, L. (2002) What is the Philosophy of Information? Metaphilosophy 33 (1/2).
- Floridi, L. and Sander, J.W. (2001) Artificial Evil and the Foundation of Computer Ethics. Ethics and Information Technology 3 (1) 55-66.
- Floridi, L. (1999) Information Ethics: On the Theoretical Foundations of Computer Ethics. Ethics and Information Technology 1 (1) 37-56.
- Floridi, L. (1999) Logica e Pensiero Visivo. Iride 24: 343-358.
- Floridi, L. and Sanders, J.W. (1999) Entropy as Evil in Information Ethics. Etica & Politica (special issue on Computer Ethics) I (2).
- Floridi, L. (1997) Scepticism and Animal Rationality. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 79: 27-57.
- Floridi, L. (1996) Followers of French Fashions: Neo-Cartesianism and Analytic Epistemology. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61: 633-639.
- Floridi, L. (1995) Cupiditas Veri Videndi: Pierre De Villemandy's Dogmatic vs. Cicero's Sceptical Interpretation of "Man's Desire to Know". British Journal for the History of Philosophy 3 (1) 29-56.
- Floridi, L. (1995) The Diffusion of Sextus Empiricus' Works in the Renaissance. Journal of the History of Ideas 56 (1) 63-85.
- Floridi, L. (1995) L'epistemologia analitica e la natura della giustificazione epistemica. Epistemologia 18: 233-268.
- Floridi, L. (1995) The Internet: Which Future for Organised Knowledge—Frankenstein or Pygmalion? International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 43: 261-274.
- Floridi, L. (1994) Scepticism and the Search for Knowledge: a Peirceish Answer to a Kantian Doubt. Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society 30: 543- 573.
- Floridi, L. (1994) Objective Knowledge: the Disappearance and Revaluation of 'Knowledges' from John Sergeant to Karl Popper. Nouvelles de la République des Lettres 1: 97-122.
- Floridi, L. (1994) The Problem of the Justification of a Theory of Knowledge: (2) Morphology and Diagnosis. Journal for General Philosophy of Science/Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 25: 17-49.
- Floridi, L. (1993) The Problem of the Justification of a Theory of Knowledge: (1) Some Historical Metamorphoses. Journal for General Philosophy of Science/Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 24: 205-233.
- Floridi, L. (1992) The Grafted Branches of the Sceptical Tree: Noli altum sapere and Henri Estienne's Latin Edition of Sexti Empirici Pyrrhoniarum Hypotyposeon libri III. Nouvelles de la République des Lettres 11: 127-166.
- Floridi, L. (1991) The Problem of the Justification of a Theory of Knowledge. Rivista di Filosofia 81: 319-335.
- Floridi, L. (2014) The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality. Oxford University Press.
- Floridi, L. (2013) The Ethics of Information. Oxford University Press.
- Floridi, L. (2012) La Rivoluzione dell'Informazione. Codice.
- Floridi, L. (2011) The Philosophy of Information. Oxford University Press.
- Floridi, L. (2010) Information - A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
- Floridi, L. (2009) Infosfera - Etica e filosofia nell'età dell'informazione. Turin: Giappichelli.
- Floridi, L. (2002) Sextus Empiricus, The Recovery and Transmission of Pyrrhonism. Oxford University Press.
- Floridi, L. (1999) Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction. Routledge.
- Floridi, L. (1997) Internet: un manuale per capire. Un saggio per riflettere. Milan: Il Saggiatore.
- Floridi, L. (1996) Scepticism and the Foundation of Epistemology - A Study in the Metalogical Fallacies. Brill.
- Floridi, L. (1996) L'Estensione dell'Intelligenza—Guida all'Informatica per Filosofi. Rome: Armando.
- Floridi, L. (2005) Presence: From Epistemic Failure to Successful Observation. In L. Magnani and R. Dossena (eds) Computing, Philosophy and Cognition. London: College Publications, pp. 37-56.
- Floridi, L. and Sanders, J. (2004) Mapping the Foundationalist Debate in Computer Ethics. In Spinello R. and Tavani H. (eds) Readings in Cyberethics (2nd Edn). Boston: Jones and Bartlett, pp. 81-95.
Recorded on: 3 April 2014 Duration: 00:09:35
Luciano Floridi speaks at ECFI 2014, the 1st European Conference on the Future Internet.
Recorded on: 12 March 2014 Duration: 00:08:34
Luciano Floridi discusses Tim Berners-Lee's call for an online 'Magna Carta' - a bill of rights for the Web.
Recorded on: 31 January 2014 Duration: 00:35:58
Luciano Floridi talks at the Internet of Everything Italian Forum (Milan, 31 January 2014).
Recorded on: 8 January 2014 Duration: 00:02:12
Luciano Floridi discusses the philosophy of justice and tolerance, interviewed after receiving the Weizenbaum Award at the 2013 CEPE (Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry) conference.
Recorded on: 18 December 2013 Duration: 00:51:47
ICTs have become environmental forces, which are creating and shaping (that is, re-ontologising) our reality, more and more pervasively: they are 'enveloping' our world.
Recorded on: 14 December 2013 Duration: 00:05:17
Information technology is radically changing not only how we deal with the world and make sense of it, or interact with each other, but also how we look at ourselves and understand our own existence and responsibilities (in Italian).
Recorded on: 26 November 2013 Duration: 00:32:36
Luciano Floridi outlines the nature and scope of Information Ethics, the new philosophical area of research that investigates the ethical impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on human life and society.
Recorded on: 22 November 2013 Duration: 01:15:03
Luciano Floridi contributes to a panel discussion of the social and ethical aspects of the information revolution.
Recorded on: 21 November 2013 Duration: 00:40:33
Luciano Floridi discusses the ethics of cyber-conflicts in hyperhistorical societies (Workshop on Ethics of Cyber Conflict, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Centre for High Defence Studies, Rome, Italy).
Recorded on: 15 November 2013 Duration: 00:06:17
Luciano Floridi discusses a new mode of leadership that fosters a collective intelligence through horizontal networks.
Recorded on: 12 November 2013 Duration: 00:35:35
Director of the Institute of Philosophy (University of London) Barry C Smith, LSE sociologist Hilary Rose, philosopher Luciano Floridi and post postmodernist thinker Hilary Lawson investigate new ways of thinking (The Institute of Art and Ideas).
Recorded on: 8 November 2013 Duration: 00:26:00
Luciano Floridi presents 'The Onlife Initiative', a project he chaired fro the European Commission on how ICTs are modifying our relationships to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us.
Recorded on: 18 October 2013 Duration: 00:02:52
Luciano Floridi discusses the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on business.
Recorded on: 27 September 2013 Duration: 00:06:08
How far have we come with Artificial Intelligence? Are there intelligent machines, or have we changed the world to allow dumb machines to behave intelligently?
Recorded on: 9 July 2013 Duration: 00:44:35
Lecture delivered at the Info-metrics April 2013 Workshop on Philosophy of Information (convened by the American University's College of Art and Science).
Recorded on: 28 June 2013 Duration: 00:05:51
We rely on computers day-to-day, for most of us they are no longer just a luxury. What does it mean from a philosophical view-point; to live in the age of Hyper History?
Recorded on: 3 May 2013 Duration: 00:24:44
The deployment of ICTs and their uptake by society affects radically the human condition, by modifying our relationships to ourselves, to others, and to the world. Luciano Floridi presents his vision of the future, focusing on "Infraethics".
Recorded on: 26 March 2013 Duration: 00:15:35
The Foundation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology convenes the first edition of the annual Innovation Forum under the timely theme: "Data-Driven Innovation: The New Imperative for Growth".
Recorded on: 11 January 2013 Duration: 00:05:45
Interview with Luciano Floridi about collective intelligence and 3d printers (in Italian).
Recorded on: 22 November 2012 Duration: 00:32:25
Cybernetics expert Kevin Warwick, cultural theorist Eva Aldea, science journalist Angela Saini, and philosopher of information Luciano Floridi discuss technological innovation.
Recorded on: 15 July 2012 Duration: 01:03:17
Luciano Floridi discusses the state of computer and information ethics as a field, and how philosophy and academia needs to change radically in order to stay relevant and timely.
Recorded on: 26 June 2012 Duration: 00:27:26
Luciano Floridi discusses how the digital revolution has brought information technologies and people closer and how this affects the future (VINT Symposium 2012: Recorded Future).
Recorded on: 9 June 2012 Duration: 00:04:03
Luciano Floridi discusses the implications of cyberwar and computer-assisted warfare in terms of risks, rights, responsibilities and results.
Recorded on: 3 May 2012 Duration: 00:07:48
Interview with Luciano Floridi about the "Fourth Revolution" and its implications in the field of security, from cyberwar to a redefinition of the concept of security (in Italian).
Recorded on: 8 January 2012 Duration: 00:23:30
Luciano Floridi argues that we are entering a "Fourth Revolution." Just as the Copernican, Darwinian, and Freudian revolutions changed how we see ourselves, this revolution ushers in a view of ourselves as 'nodes on a network' - not isolated individuals.
Recorded on: 1 November 2011 Duration: 00:48:50
Luciano Floridi is a guest lecturer for the Center for Science of Information's "Introduction to Science of Information".
Recorded on: 28 October 2011 Duration: 01:02:12
Luciano Floridi speaks at the International Symposium on Digital Ethics, Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, Loyola University (Chicago, 28 October 2011).
Recorded on: 6 April 2011 Duration: 00:08:50
Information technology is radically changing not only how we deal with the world and make sense of it, or interact with each other, but also how we look at ourselves and understand our own existence and responsibilities.
Recorded on: 1 February 2011 Duration: 00:39:10
Luciano Floridi discusses the philosophy of information (album of video interviews).
Recorded on: 2 November 2010 Duration: 01:35:41
Luciano Floridi discusses semantic information at the London School of Economics (2 November 2010).
Recorded on: 1 September 2010 Duration: 00:04:00
Can consciousness be created? Is there a range of types of consciousness? In reaction to a thought experiment proposed by John Hockenberry, philosopher Luciano Floridi and John Donoghue wrestle with the idea of "an internet residing in our brains."
Recorded on: 1 September 2010 Duration: 00:03:59
Are we unknowingly eroding our "real-world" relationships of genuine meaning by maintaining them on Facebook? Philosopher Luciano Floridi explains why blaming technology for intellectual and social laziness is misguided.
Recorded on: 27 April 2010 Duration: 00:02:38
Luciano Floridi discusses the Nobel Laureate Rita Montalcini.
Recorded on: 23 March 2010 Duration: 01:05:35
Luciano Floridi discusses the impact of IT on our lives and self-understanding, outlining how IT is bringing about a fourth revolution, in the long process of reassessment of our fundamental nature and role in the universe (Univ. Hertfordshire).
Recorded on: 19 November 2009 Duration: 00:05:39
Luciano Floridi discusses the digital revolution as a "Fourth Revolution" (conference, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinarires (CRI), Paris).
Recorded on: 28 June 2009 Duration: 00:13:16
New technology is changing our relationship to reality and in the process what we are, argues Luciano Floridi, in this episode of the philosophy podcast Philosophy Bites. This is the fourth revolution.
Recorded on: 18 March 2008 Duration: 01:02:46
What is Life? The Next 100 Years of Yukawa's Dream (Nishinomiya-Yukawa International and Interdisciplinary Symposium 2007).
Recorded on: 1 January 2007 Duration: 00:30:41
Luciano Floridi gives the 2007 ISI Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture at the University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science.
Recorded on: 11 May 2005 Duration: 00:58:22
Luciano Floridi presents on the logics of information, at the Télé-université, University of Quebec, 11 May 2005.
Recorded on: 11 May 2005 Duration: 01:21:19
Luciano Floridi presents on the logics of information, at the Télé-université, University of Quebec, 11 May 2005.
14 March 2014 Oxford Internet Institute
Luciano Floridi, the OII's Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, and Fellow of St Cross College, has been awarded this year's Cátedras de Excelencia for his work on the philosophy and ethics of information.
11 February 2014 Institute of Arts and Ideas
The Institute of Arts and Ideas, a not-for-profit organisation, interviewed Luciano Floridi, OII Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, about notions of opposition.
18 November 2013 Nexa Center for Internet & Society
The Nexa Center for Internet & Society announces that OII Professor Luciano Floridi has joined their Board of Trustees.
10 October 2013 Oxford Internet Institute
Luciano Floridi develops an original ethical framework for dealing with the new challenges posed by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).