How to Do Philosophy Informationally

  • Gian Maria Greco
  • Gianluca Paronitti
  • Matteo Turilli
  • Luciano Floridi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3782)


In this paper we introduce three methods to approach philosophical problems informationally: Minimalism, the Method of Abstraction and Constructionism. Minimalism considers the specifications of the starting problems and systems that are tractable for a philosophical analysis. The Method of Abstraction describes the process of making explicit the level of abstraction at which a system is observed and investigated. Constructionism provides a series of principles that the investigation of the problem must fulfil once it has been fully characterised by the previous two methods. For each method, we also provide an application: the problem of visual perception, functionalism, and the Turing Test, respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gian Maria Greco
    • 1
  • Gianluca Paronitti
    • 1
  • Matteo Turilli
    • 1
  • Luciano Floridi
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Ethics GroupOxford University Computing LaboratoryOxfordUnited Kingdom

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