How to Do Philosophy Informationally

  • Gian Maria Greco
  • Gianluca Paronitti
  • Matteo Turilli
  • Luciano Floridi
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11590019_70

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3782)
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Greco G.M., Paronitti G., Turilli M., Floridi L. (2005) How to Do Philosophy Informationally. In: Althoff KD., Dengel A., Bergmann R., Nick M., Roth-Berghofer T. (eds) Professional Knowledge Management. WM 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3782. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

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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