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  1. Luciano Floridi, Informational Realism.
    What is the ultimate nature of reality? This paper defends an answer in terms of informational realism (IR). It does so in three stages. First, it is shown that, within the debate about structural realism (SR), epistemic (ESR) and ontic (OSR) structural realism are reconcilable by using the methodology of the levels of abstractions. It follows that OSR is defensible from a structuralist-friendly position. Second, it is argued that OSR is also plausible, because not all related objects are logically prior (...)
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  2. L. Floridi (forthcoming). Information, Semantic Conceptions of, Forthcoming in The. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
     
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  3. Luciano Floridi (forthcoming). From the Philosophy of AI to the Philosophy of Information. The Philosophers’ Magazine.
  4. Luciano Floridi (forthcoming). Information, Semantic Conceptions Of. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Http://Plato. Stanford. Edu/Entries/Information-Semantic.
     
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  5. Luciano Floridi (forthcoming). Replies. Ethics and Information Technology.
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  6. Luciano Floridi (forthcoming). Toleration and the Design of Norms. Science and Engineering Ethics:1-29.
    One of the pressing challenges we face today—in a post-Westphalian order (emergence of the state as the modern, political information agent) and post-Bretton Woods world (emergence of non-state multiagent systems or MASs as “hyperhistorical” players in the global economy and politics)—is how to design the right kind of MAS that can take full advantage of the socio-economic and political progress made so far, while dealing successfully with the new global challenges that are undermining the best legacy of that very progress. (...)
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  7. Brent Daniel Mittelstadt & Luciano Floridi (forthcoming). The Ethics of Big Data: Current and Foreseeable Issues in Biomedical Contexts. Science and Engineering Ethics:1-39.
    The capacity to collect and analyse data is growing exponentially. Referred to as ‘Big Data’, this scientific, social and technological trend has helped create destabilising amounts of information, which can challenge accepted social and ethical norms. Big Data remains a fuzzy idea, emerging across social, scientific, and business contexts sometimes seemingly related only by the gigantic size of the datasets being considered. As is often the case with the cutting edge of scientific and technological progress, understanding of the ethical implications (...)
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  8. Luciano Floridi (2015). Free Online Services: Enabling, Disenfranchising, Disempowering. Philosophy and Technology 28 (2):163-166.
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  9. Luciano Floridi (2015). The Politics of Uncertainty. Philosophy and Technology 28 (1):1-4.
    What is uncertainty? There are of course several possible definitions, offered by different fields, from epistemology to statistics, but, in the background, one usually finds some kind of relation with the lack of information, in the following sense. Suppose we define semantic or factual information as the combination of a question plus the relevant, correct answer. If one has both the question and the correct answer, one is informed: “was Berlin the capital of Germany in 2010? Yes”. If one has (...)
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  10. Giuseppe Primiero, Nir Fresco & Luciano Floridi (2015). On Malfunctioning Software. Synthese 192 (4):1199-1220.
    Artefacts do not always do what they are supposed to, due to a variety of reasons, including manufacturing problems, poor maintenance, and normal wear-and-tear. Since software is an artefact, it should be subject to malfunctioning in the same sense in which other artefacts can malfunction. Yet, whether software is on a par with other artefacts when it comes to malfunctioning crucially depends on the abstraction used in the analysis. We distinguish between “negative” and “positive” notions of malfunction. A negative malfunction, (...)
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  11. Luciano Floridi (2014). Artificial Artificial Intelligence. The Philosophers' Magazine 64:22-23.
  12. Luciano Floridi (2014). Group Privacy. The Philosophers' Magazine 65:22-23.
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  13. Luciano Floridi (2014). Information Closure and the Sceptical Objection. Synthese 191 (6):1037-1050.
    In this article, I define and then defend the principle of information closure (pic) against a sceptical objection similar to the one discussed by Dretske in relation to the principle of epistemic closure. If I am successful, given that pic is equivalent to the axiom of distribution and that the latter is one of the conditions that discriminate between normal and non-normal modal logics, a main result of such a defence is that one potentially good reason to look for a (...)
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  14. Luciano Floridi (2014). Open Data, Data Protection, and Group Privacy. Philosophy and Technology 27 (1):1-3.
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  15. Luciano Floridi (2014). Technoscience and Ethics Foresight. Philosophy and Technology 27 (4):499-501.
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  16. Luciano Floridi (2014). The Fourth Revolution. How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality. Oxford University Press.
    Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is changing the answer to these fundamental human questions. -/- As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, and we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects, we are all becoming integrated into an "infosphere". Personas we adopt in social media, for (...)
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  17. Luciano Floridi (2014). The Human Project. The Philosophers' Magazine 66:20-22.
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  18. Luciano Floridi (2014). The Latent Nature of Global Information Warfare. Philosophy and Technology 27 (3):317-319.
    Information has always been at the core of conflicts. When Napoleon planned to invade Italy, he duly upgraded the first telegraph network in the world, the French “semaphore”. He famously remarked that “an army marches on its stomach,” but he also knew that the same army acted on information. As Von Clausewitz once stated “by the word ‘information’ we denote all the knowledge which we have of the enemy and his country; therefore, in fact, the foundation of all our ideas (...)
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  19. Luciano Floridi (2014). Technological Unemployment, Leisure Occupation, and the Human Project. Philosophy and Technology 27 (2):143-150.
    In 1930, John Maynard Keynes published a masterpiece that should be a compulsory reading for any educated person, a short essay entitled Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren (Keynes 1930, 1972).All references are from the 1931 online version of Keynes (1930) provided by Project Gutenberg, so pages are left unspecified. I am sure Keynes would have found such free access to information coherent with the philosophy of the essay. It was an attempt to see what life would be like if peace, (...)
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  20. Min Chen & Luciano Floridi (2013). An Analysis of Information Visualisation. Synthese 190 (16):3421-3438.
    Philosophers have relied on visual metaphors to analyse ideas and explain their theories at least since Plato. Descartes is famous for his system of axes, and Wittgenstein for his first design of truth table diagrams. Today, visualisation is a form of ‘computer-aided seeing’ information in data. Hence, information is the fundamental ‘currency’ exchanged through a visualisation pipeline. In this article, we examine the types of information that may occur at different stages of a general visualization pipeline. We do so from (...)
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  21. Luciano Floridi (2013). Artificial Companions and Their Philosophical Challenges. Dialogue and Universalism 19 (1/2):31-36.
    In this paper I argue that recent technological transformations in the life-cycle of information have brought about a fourth revolution, in the long process of reassessing humanity’s fundamental nature and role in the universe, namely the idea that we might be informational organisms among many agents, inforgs not so dramatically different from clever, engineered artefacts, but sharing with them a global environment that is ultimately made of information, the infosphere. In view of this important evolution in our self-understanding, and given (...)
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  22. Luciano Floridi (2013). A Defence of the Principle of Information Closure Against the Sceptical Objection. In Hanne Andersen, Dennis Dieks, Wenceslao González, Thomas Uebel & Gregory Wheeler (eds.), New Challenges to Philosophy of Science. Springer Verlag. 35--47.
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  23. Luciano Floridi (2013). Distributed Morality in an Information Society. Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (3):727-743.
    The phenomenon of distributed knowledge is well-known in epistemic logic. In this paper, a similar phenomenon in ethics, somewhat neglected so far, is investigated, namely distributed morality. The article explains the nature of distributed morality, as a feature of moral agency, and explores the implications of its occurrence in advanced information societies. In the course of the analysis, the concept of infraethics is introduced, in order to refer to the ensemble of moral enablers, which, although morally neutral per se, can (...)
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  24. Luciano Floridi (2013). E-Ducation and the Languages of Information. Philosophy and Technology 26 (3):247-251.
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  25. Luciano Floridi (2013). Infraethics. Philosophers' Magazine 60 (-1):26 - 27.
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  26. Luciano Floridi (2013). Introduction. Metaphilosophy 44 (3):191-194.
    This introduction presents the project of a one-day meeting on the future of philosophical research, hosted by the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London, on 13 January 2012. The meeting brought together several distinguished philosophers and scholars in their roles as journal editors and publishing experts, in order to clarify and discuss the future of philosophical research. This symposium in Metaphilosophy collects a selection of the papers presented at the meeting and some invited articles.
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  27. Luciano Floridi (2013). Information Quality. Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):1-6.
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  28. Luciano Floridi (2013). Life on Google Earth. The Philosophers' Magazine 62 (62):21-22.
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  29. Luciano Floridi (2013). Pasos a seguir para la filosofía de la información. Revista Interamericana de Bibliotecología 35 (2):213-218.
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  30. Luciano Floridi (2013). Spreading Ignorance Equally. The Philosophers' Magazine 63:24-25.
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  31. Luciano Floridi (2013). Things. Philosophy and Technology 26 (4):349-352.
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  32. Luciano Floridi (2013). The Ethics of Information. OUP.
    'Computer—Mediated Colonization, the Renaissance, and Educational Impera— tives for an Intercultural Global Village', Ethics and Information Technology, 4(1), 11—22. Ess, C. (2006). 'Ethical Pluralism and Global Information Ethics', Ethics ...
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  33. Luciano Floridi (2013). Technology's In-Betweeness. Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):111-115.
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  34. Luciano Floridi (2013). What is A Philosophical Question? Metaphilosophy 44 (3):195-221.
    There are many ways of understanding the nature of philosophical questions. One may consider their morphology, semantics, relevance, or scope. This article introduces a different approach, based on the kind of informational resources required to answer them. The result is a definition of philosophical questions as questions whose answers are in principle open to informed, rational, and honest disagreement, ultimate but not absolute, closed under further questioning, possibly constrained by empirical and logico-mathematical resources, but requiring noetic resources to be answered. (...)
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  35. Luciano Floridi (2013). What is Information Quality? The Philosophers' Magazine 61 (61):24-25.
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  36. Luciano Floridi (2012). Big Data and Their Epistemological Challenge. Philosophy and Technology 25 (4):435-437.
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  37. Luciano Floridi (2012). Degenerate Epistemology. Philosophy and Technology 25 (1):1-3.
    Degenerate Epistemology Content Type Journal Article Category Editor Letter Pages 1-3 DOI 10.1007/s13347-012-0067-6 Authors Luciano Floridi, Department of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK Journal Philosophy & Technology Online ISSN 2210-5441 Print ISSN 2210-5433.
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  38. Luciano Floridi (2012). DIY Publishing. The Philosophers' Magazine 57 (57):19-20.
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  39. Luciano Floridi (2012). Faster Than Light? The Philosophers' Magazine 56 (56):18-19.
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  40. Luciano Floridi (2012). Hyperhistory and the Philosophy of Information Policies. Philosophy and Technology 25 (2):129-131.
  41. Luciano Floridi (2012). Information Technology. In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Stig Andur Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  42. Luciano Floridi (2012). Prehistory, History and Hyperhistory. The Philosophers' Magazine 58:21-22.
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  43. Luciano Floridi (2012). Steps Forward in the Philosophy of Information. Etica E Politica 14 (1):304-310.
     
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  44. Luciano Floridi (2012). Semantic Information and the Network Theory of Account. Synthese 184 (3):431-454.
    The article addresses the problem of how semantic information can be upgraded to knowledge. The introductory section explains the technical terminology and the relevant background. Section 2 argues that, for semantic information to be upgraded to knowledge, it is necessary and sufficient to be embedded in a network of questions and answers that correctly accounts for it. Section 3 shows that an information flow network of type A fulfils such a requirement, by warranting that the erotetic deficit, characterising the target (...)
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  45. Luciano Floridi (2012). The Fourth Revolution. The Philosophers' Magazine 57 (57):96-101.
  46. Luciano Floridi (2012). Technologies of the Self. Philosophy and Technology 25 (3):271-273.
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  47. Luciano Floridi (2012). The Search for Small Patterns in Big Data. The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):17-18.
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  48. Luciano Floridi (2012). Word of Mouse. The Philosophers' Magazine 57:19-20.
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  49. Luciano Floridi (2011). A Defence of Constructionism: Philosophy as Conceptual Engineering. Metaphilosophy 42 (3):282-304.
    Abstract: This article offers an account and defence of constructionism, both as a metaphilosophical approach and as a philosophical methodology, with references to the so-called maker's knowledge tradition. Its main thesis is that Plato's “user's knowledge” tradition should be complemented, if not replaced, by a constructionist approach to philosophical problems in general and to knowledge in particular. Epistemic agents know something when they are able to build (reproduce, simulate, model, construct, etc.) that something and plug the obtained information into the (...)
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  50. Luciano Floridi (2011). Children of the Fourth Revolution. Philosophy and Technology 24 (3):227-232.
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