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Author Meets Critics Session: Luciano Floridi's
The Philosophy of Information

to be held as part of the

AISB/IACAP World Congress (in Honor of Alan Turing, 1912-1954)

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July 2nd to 6th, 2012
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Organized by

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)


The International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP)

About the Book

PI Book Image From Oxford University Press: Luciano Floridi presents a book that will set the agenda for the philosophy of information. PI is the philosophical field concerned with (1) the critical investigation of the conceptual nature and basic principles of information, including its dynamics, utilisation, and sciences, and (2) the elaboration and application of information-theoretic and computational methodologies to philosophical problems. This book lays down, for the first time, the conceptual foundations for this new area of research. It does so systematically, by pursuing three goals. Its metatheoretical goal is to describe what the philosophy of information is, its problems, approaches, and methods.
Its introductory goal is to help the reader to gain a better grasp of the complex and multifarious nature of the various concepts and phenomena related to information. Its analytic goal is to answer several key theoretical questions of great philosophical interest, arising from the investigation of semantic information. Buy the book from: Oxford Amazon US Amazon UK.


About the Author

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire -- where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information and the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics -- and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford, where he is the founder and director of the IEG, Oxford University interdepartmental research group on the philosophy of information. His research areas are the philosophy of computing and information, information/computer ethics, philosophy of technology, epistemology and philosophy of logic. For his work Floridi has received various prizes, awards and fellowships, including the APA Barwise Prize and the election as Fellow of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB). Picture of Floridi
He is the first philosopher to have been awarded the Gauss Professorship by the Gottingen Academy of Sciences.


Time and Place

The event will be held between July 2nd & 6th, 2012 at the University of Birmingham. Precise date, time and location are still to be determined.


Anthony Beavers (The University of Evansville)


Barry Cooper (The University of Leeds)

James Cussens (The University of York)

Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (Paris VI University)

Phyllis McKay Illari (University of Hertfordshire)

Chryssa Sdrolia (Goldsmiths, University of London)

About the AISB/IACAP 2012 World Congress

The Congress serves both as the year's AISB Convention and the year's IACAP conference. The Congress has been inspired by a desire to honour Alan Turing, and by the broad and deep significance of Turing's work to AI, to the philosophical ramifications of computing, and to philosophy and computing more generally. The Congress is one of the events forming the Alan Turing Year.

The intent of the Congress is to stimulate a particularly rich interchange between AI and Philosophy on any areas of mutual interest, whether directly addressing Turing's own research output or not.

The Congress will consist mainly of a number of collocated Symposia on specific research areas, interspersed with Congress-wide refreshment breaks, social events and invited Plenary Talks. All papers other than the invited Plenaries will be given within Symposia.