Welcome! The SPI and its members promote the philosophy of information and its community by organising research, teaching, editorial, and networking activities.


SPI News Feed   SPI FaceBook page SPI twitter feed SPI Google+ community SPI RSS feed Add a news to the SPI news feed

Create News | Events | Publications | CFP | TeachingProjects | Misc

In the spirit of cooperation engendered by the First International Conference on Philosophy of Information in China, held in Xi'an from 18-21 October 2013, an overview of the works of Wu Kun as presented by Wu Kun and Joseph E. Brenner.

Perhaps not a "classic," but at least for me it is the place where I learned that what I was doing already had a name: "The Philosophy of Information".

A not so randomly chosen quote:

As an utterly new and revolutionary technology, databases have raised a number of philosophical issues, some of which can be briefly discussed here, but will need to be analysed in full by any future philosophy of information.

A new entry in the must-read list for everyone interested in the relation between computation, information and cognition!


This essay by Vannevar Bush was published in 1945 in the Atlantic Monthly. He describes a system called the memex, a tool for making knowledge more accessible, that is often considered to be one of the precursors of hypertext.

A quote from the editor of the Atlantic

Like Emerson's famous address of 1837 on "The American Scholar," this paper by Dr. Bush calls for a new relationship between thinking man and the sum of our knowledge.

And one from the essay itself:

Celebrating Women from computer ethics to information ethics

Call for participation

Ethicomp 2014 and CEPE 2014 are celebrating the women who were and are involved in research and teaching on gender issues and technology.  

We are calling for submissions that will explore themes in gender, ethics and technology; novel formats of participation are encouraged, along with papers and panel presentations.

Topics (suggested but not limited to): 

CEPE 2014 – Well-Being, Flourishing, and ICTs 

Conference website: <http://cepe2014.org>

The Ethics of Information (Luciano Floridi, Oxford University Press)
  • Establishes the direction of future work
  • Builds on over a decade of research by a leading expert in the field
  • Addresses key questions in central areas including bioethics, medical ethics, and environmental ethics

One of the challenges of writing our Philosophy of Information textbook was finding the right platform for working together with 10+ authors on a single writing-project. Unlike the authors of the HoTT-book, we didn't opt for the most advanced option, namely git and GitHub, but for a mix of Word, SkyDrive, Google-Docs (now Google-drive), and Dropbox.

The Sciences of the Artificial is based on Herber Simon's Karl Taylor Compton lectures at the MIT in 1968 and H. Rowan Gaither lectures at Berkeley in 1980. The following quote is taken from the first chapter titled Understanding the Natural and the Artificial Worlds.


Subscribe to Society for the Philosophy of Information RSS