What is the Philosophy of Information?
a new philosophical discipline, concerned with
a)the critical investigation of the conceptual
nature and basic principles of information, including its dynamics (especially
computation and flow), utilisation and sciences; and
b)the elaboration and application of information-theoretic and computational methodologies to philosophical problems.
"What is the Philosophy of Information?", Metaphilosophy, 2002
"Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information", The Herbert Simon Lecture in Philosophy and Computing, CAP@CMU (Computing and Philosophy Conference, Carnegie Mellon University), 10 August 2001
What is the nature and meaning of information?
That is the focus for this field of inquiry -
the application of philosophical method to information phenomena.
Philosophers, intellectuals, and scholars have been thinking
about information for decades,
even centuries. Sometimes, that thinking has been categorized by another name,
such as social epistemology, semantics, rhetoric, information science, library science,
information ethics, cybernetics, and memetics. Sometimes, that thinking takes a narrow, specialized view
of information, as with traditional information theory in the communications field.
This web site helps to create a new category of synthesis
to collect all deep thinking about information into a coherent whole, from
which new meta-views and perspectives can be achieved.
It offers definitions of the philosophy of information, universal definitions of information,
clarification of general information problems, and attempts to solve those problems.
The site will evolve along with this new field.
This site is currently hosted at the University of North Texas, in my
personal web directory.
I am a graduate student at UNT. I was inspired to create this site after reading the work
of Joseph Nitecki (provided by joanne twining), Mark Alfino, Luciano Floridi, and Ken Herold.
I am also the moderator of the Yahoo Group Philosophy-of-Information (philofinfo). I welcome
all comments on this site.
PoI web editor
National Coalition of Independent Scholars
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
North Texas Philosophical Society
American Philosophical Association
European Association for Logic, Language and Information
American Philosphical Society
International Center for Information Ethics
International Association for Computing and Philosophy
International Society for Ethics and Information Technology
American Society for Information Science and Technology
Society for Philosophy and Technology
Philosophy of Mind: An Annotated Bibliography
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet (includes Hippias and Noesis search)
Rhetoric web ring
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Philosophical Lexicon
Blackwell Philosophy Resource Center
Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG)
Philosophy around the Web
Philosophy in Cyberspace
The Radical Academy
Updated: March 9, 2003