Ontic Trust and the Foundation of the Information Society

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


Throughout the history of political modernity, the process of legitimation of Western society has been portrayed through the lens of human conflict. This, however, is not the only possible way of telling the story. The hypothesis set forth here is that reframing the narrative is possible and, at present, even necessary, as the impact of computing and the spread of information and communication technologies invite us to reconsider the foundations of the information society. We are being called on to revisit the nature of modern conflict and the statute of their participants, breaking away from a traditional anthropocentric view of society to embrace a new perspective that challenges human narcissism. From this perspective, we are forced to envisage a new social or natural contract for the globalized, networked information society, one that acknowledges a relevant ‘third’ perspective: namely, that of nature (Serres) or the infosphere (Floridi).


Networked Information Society Infosphere Contractual Nature Florida 2002a Modern Political Tradition 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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