The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Computing and Information / Edition 1

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This Guide provides an ambitious state-of-the-art survey of the fundamental themes, problems, arguments and theories constituting the philosophy of computing.

  • A complete guide to the philosophy of computing and information.
  • Comprises 26 newly-written chapters by leading international experts.
  • Provides a complete, critical introduction to the field.
  • Each chapter combines careful scholarship with an engaging writing style.
  • Includes an exhaustive glossary of technical terms.
  • Ideal as a course text, but also of interest to researchers and general readers.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Computing and Information is a rich resource for an important, emerging field within philosophy. This excellent volume covers the basic topics in depth, yet is written in a style that is accessible to non-philosophers. There is no other book that assembles and explains systematically so much information about the diverse aspects of philosophy of computing and information. I believe this book will serve both as an authoritative introduction to the field for students and as a standard reference for professionals for years to come. I highly recommend it." James Moor, Dartmouth College

"There are contributions from a range of respected academics, many of them authorities in their field, and this certainly anchors the work in a sound scholarly foundation. The scope of the content, given the youthfulness of the computing era, is signigficant. The variety of the content too is remarkable. In summary this is a wonderfully fresh look at the world of of computing and information, which requires its own philosophy in testimony that there are some real issues that can exercise the mind." Reference Reviews

"The judicious choice of topics, as well as the degree of detail in the various chapters, are just what it takes neither to deter the average reader requiring this Guide, nor to makeit unfeasible placing this volume in the hands of students. Floridi's book is clearly a valuable addition to a worthy series." Pragmatics & Cognition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631229193
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Luciano Floridi is Associate Professor of Logic and Epistemology at the University of Bari and Markle Foundation Fellow at the University of Oxford, where he is a member of the Faculty of Philosophy and of the Sub-Faculty of Computing. He is the author of Sextus Empiricus: The Recovery and Transmission of Pyrrhonism (2002), Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction (1999), Internet: An Epistemological Essay (1997), and Scepticism and the Foundation of Epistemology: A Study in the Metalogical Fallacies (1996).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Part I: Four Concepts:.

1. B. Jack Copeland, Computation.

2. Alasdair Urquhart, Complexity.

3. Klaus Mainzer, System: An Introduction to Systems Science.

4. Luciano Floridi, Information.

Part II: Computers in Society:.

5. Deborah G Johnson, Computer Ethics.

6. Charles Ess, Computer-mediated Communication and Human–Computer Interaction.

7. Wesley Cooper, Internet Culture.

8. Dominic McIver Lopes, Digital Art.

Part III: Mind and AI:.

9. James H.Fetzer, The Philosophy of AI and its Critique.

10. Brian P. McLaughlin, Computationalism, Connectionism and the Philosophy of Mind.

Part IV: Real and Virtual Worlds:.

11. Barry Smith, Ontology.

12. Derek Stanovsky, Virtual Reality.

13. Eric Steinhart, The Physics of Information.

14. Roberto Cordeschi, Cybernetics.

15. Mark A. Bedau, Artificial Life.

Part V: Language and Knowledge:.

16.Jonathan Cohen, Information and Content.

17. Fred Adams, Knowledge.

18. Graham White, The Philosophy of Computer Languages.

19. Thierry Bardini, Hypertext.

Part VI: Logic and Probability:.

20. G. Aldo Antonelli, Logic.

21. Donald Gillies, Probability in Artificial Intelligence.

22. Cristina Bicchieri, Game Theory: Nash Equilibrium.

Part VII: Science and Technology:.

23. Paul Thagard, Computing in the Philosophy of Science.

24. Timothy Colburn, Methodology of Computer Science.

25. Carl Mitcham, Philosophy of Information Technology.

26. Patrick Grim, Computational Modeling as a Philosophical Methodology.


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