Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Why Philosophy Matters Seminar Series

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Education Centre (St Giles entrance), Ashmolean Museum


Why Philosophy of Information Matters with speaker Luciano Floridi, Oxford University

Organised by theRoyal Institute of Philosophybranch at Oxford Brookes University in association with the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford & Bloomsbury Academic

Events take place at 18.00 at the Ashmolean Museum, Education Centre (nearest entrance from St. Giles), unless otherwise noted. All events are all free and open to the general public (no booking required). Drinks and nibbles from 17.30.


The information society has its distant roots in the invention of writing, printing, and the mass media. However, it became a reality only recently, once the recording and transmitting facilities of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) evolved into processing capabilities. Today, we can no longer unplug our world from ICTs without turning it off. The profound and widespread transformations brought about by ICTs have caused a huge conceptual deficit. We clearly need philosophy to be on board and engaged, for the tasks ahead are serious. We need philosophy to grasp the epistemological and ontological nature of information itself. We need philosophy to anticipate and steer the ethical impact of ICTs on us and on our environments. We need philosophy to improve the economic, social and political dynamics of information. And we need philosophy to develop the right intellectual framework that can help us semanticise (give meaning to and make sense of) our new predicament. In short, we need a philosophy of information as a philosophy of our time for our time.

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Governing Body Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Among his recognitions, he was been appointed UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics, and the Gauss Professor by the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. He is recipient of the APAs Barwise Prize, the IACAPs Covey Award, and the INSEITs Weizenbaum Award. He is an AISB and BCS Fellow, Editor in Chief of Philosophy and Technology and of the Synthese Library, and was Chairman of EU Commissions Onlife research group. His most recent books are: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP, 2014), The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013), The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011), Information: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010), and The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (CUP, 2010).