The Informational Environment

  • Massimo Durante
Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 18)


Our world is technological. According to a longstanding philosophical tradition, the conceptual core of technology can be understood as being based on the relation between two main philosophical categories: the subject and the object (e.g. the relation between ‘culture’ and ‘nature’). This tradition mainly conceives technology as a set of means that can be used to control and manipulate nature (the object), in order to achieve some end (culture) established by human beings (the subject). Consequent to the ICT revolution, this scenario must now be devised in terms of an informational world or environment. This requires a change of paradigm in the study of technology and in the comprehension of our world that displaces the presumed ‘central’ role of the subject. This happens in ways and for motives that have nothing to do with the philosophical hitches that ensue from the post-modern relativistic or nihilistic death of the subject. In the present chapter, we expound the meaning of this scenario, by focusing our attention upon the informational nature of the environment in which we live and act.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Massimo Durante
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  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity of TurinTurinItaly

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