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The Philosophy and Ethics of Information: OII MSc Option Course

With Professor Luciano Floridi
24 Sep 2015
With Professor Luciano Floridi

In this option course for the OII MSc in “Social Science of the Internet”, philosophy will be interpreted as the conceptual design of cogent and relevant answers to open questions of a foundational nature. In the case of the philosophy and ethics of information (PEI), the questions concern the conceptual nature and basic principles of information, including its dynamics, utilisation, and sciences, and (2) the elaboration and application of an information-theoretical approach to classic and new philosophical problems.

The course has three goals. It explains what PEI is, its problems, approaches, and methods. It introduces some key concepts and phenomena related to information. And it seeks to answer some crucial theoretical questions of great philosophical significance prompted by the development of the information society.