Integration of the Philosophy of Information and Information Science
4 June, 9:00, Session 1
5 June to 6 June, Sessions 2 to 9.
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The on-going development of the Foundations of Information Science (FIS) initiative, which led to the formation of the International Society for Information Studies (IS4IS), has been accompanied by the emergence of the Philosophy of Information, both in Europe and China, as a critical discipline. After the 4th International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science in Beijing in 2010 and the formation of the International Center for the Philosophy of Information by Professor Wu Kun at the Xi’An Jiaotong University in Xi’An, China, a 1st International Conference on the Philosophy of Information (ICPI 2013) was held in Xi’an in October, 2013.
As a first conference, the scope of ICPI 2013 was intentionally broad, but what characterized all the papers was the joint focus on both the scientific and informational as well as the philosophical aspects of the topics discussed. These included personal identity, intelligence science, intrinsic values, time and computation among others. More applied aspects were also not neglected, e.g., machine discovery and patterns in empirical data. Papers by Wolfgang Hofkirchner “a Global Sustainable Information Society – Vision for the Future” and by Pedro Marijuan “Towards a New Way of Thinking In Information Science” exemplified Wu Kun’s overall concept of an informational turn, the philosophization of science and the scientification of philosophy that not only ties the different topics together but points to their necessary positive implications for the information society.
Kun Wu, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Xi’an Jiaotong University; Director, ICPI
Joseph Brenner; Corresponding Member, International Center for Transdisciplinary Research, Paris, France; Associate Director, ICPI