Epistemological Foundation of Biometrics

  • Giampaolo Ghilardi
  • Flavio Keller
Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 11)


Biometrics provides a further step in the path of science towards quantification of reality. The ancient philosophy of being provides epistemological foundations for a heuristic biometrics. Modern physiology supports the goal of second generation biometrics to detect intentions, since a strong link has been proven to exist between emotions and their easily measurable physiological alterations. Moreover, it has been seen how the body is pre-shaped by the goal of the action it is going to perform. It has been analysed what the sensor recording of identity philosophically means and how this operation reshapes the self-identity. Epistemological investigations have been provided in order to understand limitations and potentials of biometrics and to ground a moral recognition organic to their epistemological status.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FAST Istituto di Filosofia dell’Agire Scientifico e TecnologicoUniversità Campus Bio-medico - RomaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di NeuroscienzeUniversità Campus Bio-medico - RomaRomeItaly

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