Philosophical Engineering: Toward a Philosophy of the Web

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This is the first interdisciplinary exploration of thephilosophical foundations of the Web, a new area of inquiry thathas important implications across a range of domains.
  • Contains twelve essays that bridge the fields of philosophy,cognitive science, and phenomenology
  • Tackles questions such as the impact of Google on intelligenceand epistemology, the philosophical status of digital objects,ethics on the Web, semantic and ontological changes caused by theWeb, and the potential of the Web to serve as a genuine cognitiveextension
  • Brings together insightful new scholarship from well-knownanalytic and continental philosophers, such as Andy Clark andBernard Stiegler, as well as rising scholars in “digitalnative” philosophy and engineering
  • Includes an interview with Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of theWeb
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Harry Halpin is Postdoctoral Associate with the WorldWide Web Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,and a Visiting Researcher at the Institut de Recherche etd’Innovation du Centre Pompidou, France, as part of aEuropean Commission–funded Marie Curie PHILOWEB project. Hisresearch interests range from the complex dynamics of tagging tothe philosophical foundations of Anonymous. He is the author ofSocial Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web (2012),which analyzes the impact of the Web on theories of semantics.

Alexandre Monnin is Head of Web and Metadata Research atthe Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation du Centre Pompidou,France, and Associate Researcher at INRIA and CNAM. He haspublished research on tagging, the architecture of the Web, and itsimportance for ontology. In 2010, he organized the firstinterdisciplinary PhiloWeb conference and in 2012 he held the firstinternational seminar on the topic, both at the Sorbonne. Heco-initiated SemanticPedia, the semantic platform for Wikimediaprojects in French.

 

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Nov 20, 2013
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Pages
216
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ISBN
9781118700167
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Language
English
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Philosophy / General
Science / Philosophy & Social Aspects
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