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Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction Hardcover – November 11, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0415180245 ISBN-10: 0415180244 Edition: 1st
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...a must read....The book is rich in detail, and the catalogue of facts enumerated along the way is well worth having at one's disposal..
Ethics and Information Technology, 2001

An excellent introduction to the new technology that dominates our lives.
The Philosopher's Magazine

It represents a breath of fresh air amidst the proliferation of books on individual aspects of ICT and its philosophy.
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

An impressive introductory text. Floridi bravely categorises artificial intelligence, and deals with cyborgs and robots.
New Scientist

Floridi's helpful, informative and often fascinating book is a welcome arrival. Floridi writes calmly and with good sense on topics that others have hyped mercilessly

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–B. Jack Copeland, The Turing Project, University of Canterbury

About the Author

Luciano Floridi is Research Fellow and Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Oxford. He is the consultant editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy on CD-ROM (1998) and author of Scepticism and the Foundation of Epistemology (1996).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415180244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415180245
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,235,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where is also Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Governing Body Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C.

Recent awards include: Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship by the European University Institute (2015) and the Cátedras de Excelencia Prize by the University Carlos III of Madrid (2014). He held the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics and the Gauss Professorship at the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. He is a recipient of the APA's Barwise Prize, the IACAP's Covey Award, and the INSEIT's Weizenbaum Award. He is an AISB and BCS Fellow. In 2012-13, he was Chairman of EU Commission's "Onlife Initiative". In 2014-15, he was the ethicist member of Google's Advisory Council on "the right to be forgotten".

Floridi's long-term project is a tetralogy on the foundations of the philosophy of information. His most recent books are: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP, 2014); The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013, vol. II of the tetralogy); The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011, vol. I of the tetralogy); Information - A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010); and The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (edited for CUP).

For more information:
http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/floridi
http://www.philosophyofinformation.net
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floridi

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Floridi's book is a technical tour de force that seeks to explore some of the philosophical implications of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in the context of a rigorous and detailed examination of areas of technology such as the digital revolution, databases and hypertext, the internet and artificial intelligence. The strength of the book is his grasp of the technology. Over and over again he demonstrates a remarkable technical proficiency as he discusses areas as diverse as computer architecture, database design, network protocols and many others.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
New Scientist, 9 October 1999, p. 59 "Must read... An impressive introductory text. Floridi bravely categorises artificial intelligence, and deals with cyborgs and robots". Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brandom smith on February 28, 2002
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Best book in the area I have read for some time. The AI chapter is controversial but definitely worth reading. As for the rest, I enjoyed enormously. Don't miss it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2000
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From "Ends and Means", The Journal of the University of Aberdeen Centre for Philosophy Technology and Society.
Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction is Luciano Floridi's wide-ranging account of the philosophical aspects of computers, the Internet, and digitisation in general. It is philosophy in quite a broad sense of the term, including both some relatively technical (for an introduction) sections on elementary computation theory, and many observations of a more sociological nature, examining how computer use is changing our ways of thinking and working.
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