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Articles & Chapters

2000 - 2008

1991 - 2000

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Books & Editorial Works

Luciano Floridi's Philosophy of Information and Information Ethics: Critical Reflections and the State of the Art.

Special issue of Ethics and Information Technology, edited by Charles Ess. Volume 10, Numbers 2-3, September, 2008.

Information Ethics: A Reappraisal (foreword to my replies and replies).

Εισαγωγή στη φιλοσοφία της πληροφορικής

Greek translation of Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction

Athens: Nesos, 2008.

Editor, Philosophy of Computing and Information: 5 Questions

Automatic Press / VIP, 2008



APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers vol. 7.2, 2008, Commentaries on Floridi.


Guest editor (with Patrick Allo) of a special issue of Logique et Analyse, dedicated to "Logic and the Philosophy of Information", 2006, 49.196.

Guest editor (with Julian Savulescu) of a special issue of Ethics and Information Technology dedicated to Information Ethics: Agents, Artifacts and New Cultural Perspectives, 2006, 8.4.

Guest editor of a special issue of Minds & Machines, in two parts, dedicated to The Philosophy of Information, M&M 13/4 2003 and M&M 14/1 2004.

Web site

(editor) The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Computing and Information (Oxford - New York: Blackwell, 2004).

Chapter five on "Information" is available here [pdf]. The Preface and the Introduction are also available online. The glossary is freely available online.

Check the Web site for the Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Computing and Information.

The book has also been re-printed as electronic book.

Sextus Empiricus, The Recovery and Transmission of Pyrrhonism (Oxford - New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Web site

See the web page for addenda and corrigenda.

Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction (London - New York: Routledge, 1999).

Section "Turing vs. Super-Turing: a Defence of the Church-Turing Thesis"

Chapter five

Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction (London - New York: Routledge, 1999). Hardback edition.

The book has also been re-printed as electronic book.

(consultant editor) Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy on CD-ROM (London - New York: Routledge, 1999).

Web site

(guest editor) Etica & Politica (Department of Philosophy, University of Trieste), special issue on Computer Ethics, November, 1999.

Web site

French translation of Internet: un exposé pour comprendre—un essai pour réfléchir (Paris: Flammarion, 1998).

Web site

Internet : Un manuale per capire. Un saggio per riflettere (Milano: Il Saggiatore, 1997).

The Italian text is available here 

Scepticism and the Foundation of Epistemology—A Study in the Metalogical Fallacies (Leiden: Brill, 1996).

Web site

L’Estensione dell’Intelligenza—Guida all’Informatica per Filosofi (Roma: Armando, 1996).

(editor) Filosofia & Informatica: atti del primo incontro italiano sulle applicazioni informatiche e multimediali alle discipline filosofiche (Torino: Paravia, 1996).

(consultant editor) P. O. Kristeller’s Iter Italicum - Accedunt alia itinera (Leiden: Brill 1995) on CD-ROM.

 (co-editor) Filosofia analitica 1993 - Bilanci e prospettive Analytic Philosophy 1993 (Roma: Lithos, 1994).

Articles and Chapters 1991 - 2000


Mathematical Scepticism: the Cartesian View, in Analytic Philosophy and Logic, edited by A. Kanamori (Philosophy Documentation Center, Bowling Green State University, 2000), 217-265.


Information Ethics: On the Theoretical Foundations of Computer Ethics, Ethics and Information Technology 1999 (1.1), 37-56.

Abridged French translation in L’Agora, 5.4 (July-August 1998), 19-20.

Logica e Pensiero Visivo, Iride 24 (1998), 343-358.

(with J. W. Sanders) Entropy as Evil in Information Ethics, Etica & Politica, special issue on Computer Ethics, I.2. Oxford University, Computing Laboratory, Programming Research Group Technical Report TR-5-00.


The entries "Pierre-Daniel Huet" and "Michelangelo Fardella", The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (London: Routledge, 1998)

Mathematical Scepticism: a Sketch with Historian in Foreground, in The Skeptical Tradition around 1800, edited by Johan van der Zande and Richard Popkin (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1998), 41-60.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Peirce’s Interpretation of Scepticism, in C.S. Peirce Categories to Constantinople, edited by J. van Brakel and M. van Heerden (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1998), 47-60.


"Scepticism and Animal Rationality", Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 79 (1997), 27-57.


"Followers of French Fashions: Neo-Cartesianism and Analytic Epistemology", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (1996), 633-639.

"The Evolution of Mass Media: How will the Internet and the TV coexist?" in Dopo la "Cattiva Maestra" TV il miglior amico è il PC?, edited by E. Artese (Rome: Armando, 1996), 195-207. In Italian.

"Il dibattito tra Collingwood e Ryle sull’ argomento ontologico all’alba della filosofia analitica", in Alle Radici della Filosofia Analitica, a cura di C. Penco and G. Sarbia (Genova: Erga, 1996), 235-253.


"Cupiditas Veri Videndi: Pierre De Villemandy’s Dogmatic vs. Cicero’s Sceptical Interpretation of ‘Man’s Desire to Know’", British Journal for the History of Philosophy 3.1 (1995), 29-56.

"The Diffusion of Sextus Empiricus’ Works in the Renaissance", Journal of the History of Ideas 56.1 (1995), 63-85.

Brave.Net.World: the Internet as a Disinformation Superhighway? in Handbook of Disinformation, edited by Bruno Ballardini (Rome: Castelvecchi, 1995), 121-129. English translation in The Electronic Library 14 (1996), 509-514.

"L'epistemologia analitica e la natura della giustificazione epistemica", Epistemologia 18 (1995), 233-268.

The Internet: Which Future for Organised Knowledge—Frankenstein or Pygmalion?, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 43 (1995), 261-274. Also published in The Journal of the Association for Systematic Philosophy 1 (1995), 33-41; in The Information Society 9 (1996), 5-16; in The Electronic Library 14.1 (1996), 43-52; in What We Do Not Know, "a selection of choice excerpts from the debates, exchanges and controversies raised by the UNESCO Philosophy Forum", edited by Ayyam Sureau (Paris: Gallimard, 1996). Italian translation in Bollettino della Società Filosofica Italiana 155 (1995), 21-35. French translation in Horizons Philosophiques 6.2 (1996), 1-18. Portuguese translation in Revista de História das Ideias 18 (1996), 419-437.


"Scepticism and the Search for Knowledge: a Peirceish Answer to a Kantian Doubt", Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society 30 (1994), 543- 573

‘Objective Knowledge’: the Disappearance and Revaluation of ‘Knowledges’ from John Sergeant to Karl Popper, Nouvelles de la République des Lettres 1 (1994), 97-122.

"The Problem of the Justification of a Theory of Knowledge: (2) Morphology and Diagnosis", Journal for General Philosophy of Science/Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 25 (1994), 17-49.


"The Problem of the Justification of a Theory of Knowledge: (1) Some Historical Metamorphoses", Journal for General Philosophy of Science/Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 24 (1993), 205-233.

"The Stone and the Devil: the Analysis of the Realism Debate in Michael Dummett" in Analytic Philosophy 1993,edited by L Floridi (Roma: Lithos, 1993). In Italian.


The Grafted Branches of the Sceptical Tree: Noli altum sapere and Henri Estienne’s Latin Edition of Sexti Empirici Pyrrhoniarum Hypotyposeon libri III, Nouvelles de la République des Lettres 11 (1992), 127-166.


"The Problem of the Justification of a Theory of Knowledge", Rivista di Filosofia 81 (1991), 319-335. In Italian.

Other Files

A short article on the nature of scepticism, for the online magazine ReS [html]

Patrologiae Analiticae Libri C,  Version 20.1 [html]

Glossario Internet, in Italian [html]

A series of reports on the role of information technology in philosophy, Informazione Filosofica (1994).


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Articles and Chapters 2000 - 2008


Artificial Intelligence’s New Frontier: Artificial Companions and the Fourth Revolution, Metaphilosophy, 2008, 39.4/5, 651-655.

The Method of Levels of Abstraction, Minds and Machines, 2008, 18.3, 303-329.

Understanding Epistemic Relevance, Erkenntnis, 2008, 69.1, 69-92.

A Defence of Informational Structural Realism, Synthese, 2008, 161.2, 219-253.

Trends in the Philosophy of Information, invited chapter for Handbook of Philosophy of Information, a book ed. by Pieter Adriaans and Johan van Benthem in the series Handbooks of the Philosophy of Science (Amsterdam - Oxford: Elsevier) 113-132.

A Subjectivist Interpretation of Relevant Information, in A. Pichler & H. Hrachovec (eds.) Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Information, Proceedings of the 30th International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria 2007. Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society *New Series*, vol 7. (D) Frankfurt a.M.: Ontos, 2008.

"Foundations of Information Ethics", invited chapter for Information and Computer Ethics, edited by H. Tavani and K. Himma (John Wiley and Sons, 2008), pp. 3-23.

Information Ethics, its Nature and Scope, invited chapter for Moral Philosophy and Information Technology, edited by Jeroen van den Hoven and John Weckert (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 40-65.

"L'Informazione Biologica" invited chapter for Filosofia e Scienze della Vita, a cura di Giovanni Boniolo e Stefano Giaimo (Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2008), pp 198-219.

Data, article for the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition, editor in chief William A. Darity (Detroit: Macmillan, 2008).


In defence of the veridical nature of semantic information, European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 2007, 3.1, 31-41.

Global Information Ethics: The Importance of Being Environmentally Earnest, International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 2007, 3.3, 1-11.

A look into the Future Impact of ICT on Our Lives, The Information Society, 2007, 23.1, 59-64. An abridged and modified version was published in TidBITS.

(with Taddeo M.) A Praxical Solution of the Symbol Grounding Problem, Minds and Machines, 2007, 17.4, 369-389.

"Information Logic", in Computation, Information, Cognition, ed. by Gordana Dodig Crnkovic and Susan Stuart (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), pp. 18-40.

"Artificial Companions and their Philosophical Challenges", E-mentor, 2007, 5.22, 84-86.

"Understanding Information Ethics", APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers.7.1 (online)

"Computers", invited chapter in New Waves in Applied Ethics, ed. by C. Wolf, J. Ryberg and T. Petersen (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).

Japanese translation of "Information Ethics, its Nature and Scope" in The Thought of Information Ethics, ed. by Toru Nishigaki and Tadashi Takenouchi (Tokyo: NTT, 2007), pp. 47-98.


The logic of being informed, Logique et Analyse, 2006, 49.196, 433-460.

"Information Ethics, its nature and scope" and "Informational Privacy and its Ontological Interpretation" reprinted in a special issue of ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society: Selection of Best Papers 2004-2006, ed. by K. Mather, vol. 36, issue 3, 2006.

"Ética de la Información, su Naturaleza y Alcance" Spanish translation by Roberto Feltrero and Paula Olmos of "Information Ethics, its Nature and Scope", Isegoría. 2006, 34, 19-46.

Information Technologies and the Tragedy of the Good Will", Ethics and Information Technology, 2006, 8.4, 253-262.

Four Challenges for a Theory of Informational Privacy, Ethics and Information Technology, 2006, 8.3, 109-119.

"Por una filosofìa de la Información", Big Bang, 2006.


The Ontological Interpretation of Informational Privacy, Ethics and Information Technology. 2005, 7.4, 185 - 200.

Per una filosofia dell'informazione, Epistemologia 2005, 28, 283-292.

Consciousness, Agents and the Knowledge Game, republished in O. Pombo, A. Guerreiro, A. F. Alexandre (eds.) Enclicopédia e Hipertexto (Lisboa: Edições Duarte Reis, 2005), pp. 30-48.

Presence: From Epistemic Failure to Successful Observation, republished in L. Magnani and R. Dossena (ed.) Computing, Philosophy and Cognition (London: College Publications, 2005), pp. 37-56.

Consciousness, Agents and the Knowledge Game, Minds and Machines 2005, 15. 3-4, pp. 415-444.

Is Information Meaningful Data?, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2005, 70.2, 351-370.

Presence: From Epistemic Failure to Successful Observation, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 2005, 14.6, pp. 656-667.

(with Mariarosaria Taddeo) The Symbol Grounding Problem: a Critical Review of Fifteen Years of Research, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 2005, 17.4, pp. 419 - 445.

Information, invited contribution to the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, (ESTE) edited by Carl Mitcham (Macmillan, 2005).

Abridged version of "Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information" published in the December 2005 issue of the CSI Communications journal.

La filosofia dell'informazione e i suoi problemi, Iride, 2005, 18.45, 291-312.

Por una filosofía de la información, Spanish translation by Jordi Vallverdú, special issue of the Spanish journal Anthropos dedicated to 'Philosophy and Computing', edited by Jordi Vallverdú.

Semantic Conceptions of Information, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2005 Edition).

(with Gian Maria Greco, Gianluca Paronitti and Matteo Turilli) How to Do Philosophy Informationally, Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence 3782, pp. 623–634, 2005.

"Zagadnienie moralności informacji. O filozoficznym ugruntowaniu etyki komputerowej", Polish translation of "Information Ethics: On the Philosophical Foundation of Computer Ethics", Ethos, 1-2 (69-70) 2005, the journal of the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of Lublin.

"A Model of Data and Semantic Information" in Knowledge in the New Technologies, edited by Gerassimos Kouzelis, Maria Pournari, Michael Stoeppler, and Vasilis Tselfes (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2005), 21-42.

Information Ethics, its Nature and Scope, Computers & Society, 2005, 34.5. [link]

(with Gian Maria Greco, Gianluca Paronitti and Matteo Turilli) The Philosophy of Information - A Methodological Point of View, in Klaus-Dieter Althoff, Andreas Dengel, Ralph Bergmann, Markus Nick, and Thomas Roth-Berghofer (Eds.), WM2005: Professional Knowledge Management. Experiences and Visions (DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern 2005), 563-570.

(with Jeff Sanders), Internet Ethics: the Constructionist Values of Homo Poieticus, invited chapter for The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives, edited by Robert Cavalier (SUNY: 2005).

La filosofia dell'informazione e i suoi problemi, Iride, 2005, 18.44.


Farsi (Persian) Translation by Hamid R. Jamal of "LIS as Applied Philosophy of Information: a Reappraisal", Library Trends, 2004, 52.3, 658-665.

On the Logical Unsolvability of the Gettier Problem", Synthese, 2004, 142.1, pp. 61-79.

Outline of a Theory of Strongly Semantic Information, Minds and Machines, 2004, 14.2, pp. 197-222.

Open Problems in the Philosophy of Information, Metaphilosophy, 2004, 35.4, pp. 554-582.  Revised version of The Herbert A. Simon Lecture on Computing and Philosophy given at Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.

Afterword - LIS as Applied Philosophy of Information: a Reappraisal, Library Trends, 2004, 52.3, 658-665.

(with Gian Maria Greco) The Tragedy of the Digital Commons, Ethics and Information Technology, 2004, 6.2, 73-82

(with Jeff Sanders), On the Morality of Artificial Agents, Minds and Machines, 2004, 14.3, pp. 349-379.

(with Jeff Sanders), The Method of Abstraction, invited chapter for the Yearbook of the Artificial (Issue II, 2004, Peter Lang) dedicated to  "Models in contemporary sciences", pp. 177-220.

(with Jeff Sanders) Mapping the Foundationalist Debate in Computer Ethics, a revised version of  "Computer Ethics: Mapping the Foundationalist Debate", Ethics and Information Technology 2002 (4.1), 1-9, published in the second edition of Spinello R. and Tavani H. (eds.), Readings in Cyberethics (Boston: Jones and Bartlett), 81-95.

From the Philosophy of AI to the Philosophy of Information, invited contribution to The Philosophers' Magazine 2004, 28.4, pp. 56-60.

Informational Realism in Computers and Philosophy 2003 - Selected Papers from the Computer and Philosophy conference (CAP 2003), Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, 37, 2004, edited by J. Weckert. and Y. Al-Saggaf, ACS, pp. 7-12.

Persian translation by Ida Momennejad of "What is the Philosophy of Information?", Metaphilosophy, 2002 (33.1/2).

Kant, perché leggerlo ancora, ReS.

Mathematical Skepticism: the Debate between Hobbes and Wallis, chapter in Skepticism in Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Thought: New Interpretations, ed. by José R. Maria Neto and Richard H. Popkin (Pometheus: New York 2004). [appendices]

Information Ethics: From Case-based Analyses to Theoretical Foundations (a paper presented at ETHICOMP98, The Netherlands), republished in ETHICOMP Journal.


(with Matteo Turilli and Jeff Sanders) "Informazione percettiva e naturalizzazione della mente", paper accepted for the SIFA/AISC Conference, "Ma dove hai la testa?/Where is your head at? - Processi mentali, comunicazione e regole - Mental Processes, Communication and Rules", Vietri October 2-3 2003.

(with Gianluca Paronitti and Jeff Sanders) "Strutture di astrazione", paper accepted for the SIFA/AISC Conference, "Ma dove hai la testa?/Where is your head at? - Processi mentali, comunicazione e regole - Mental Processes, Communication and Rules", Vietri October 2-3 2003.

The Renaissance of Epistemology: 1914-1945, in The Cambridge History of Philosophy 1870–1945, edited by Thomas Baldwin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Two Approaches to the Philosophy of Information, Minds and Machines, 2003, 13.4, pp. 459-69.

(with G. M. Greco, G. Paronitti e M. Turilli) Di che malattia soffrono i computer?, online magazine ReS.

On the Intrinsic Value of Information Objects and the Infosphere, Ethics and Information Technology 2003 (4.4), 287-304.

The entries "Infosfera" and "E-business Ethics", Dizionario dell'Economia Digitale, edited by Vito di Bari (Milan: Il Sole 24-Ore Libri, 2003). French translation.


On Defining Library and Information Science as Applied Philosophy of Information, Social Epistemology 2002 (16.11), 37-49.

Information Ethics: An Environmental Approach to the Digital Divide", Philosophy in the Contemporary World 2002 (9.1), 39-45.

(with J. W. Sanders) Computer Ethics: Mapping the Foundationalist Debate, Ethics and Information Technology 2002 (4.1), 1-9.

What is the Philosophy of Information?, Metaphilosophy, 2002 (33.1/2).

Reprinted in T. W. Bynum and J. H. Moor (eds.), CyberPhilosophy: The Intersection of Philosophy and Computing, (Oxford - New York: Blackwell, 2003).

Chinese translation, World Philosophy (2002), 4.


Ethics in the Infosphere, The Philosophers’ Magazine 6 (2001), 18-19.

French translation

(with J. W. Sanders) Artificial Evil and the Foundation of Computer Ethics, Ethics and Information Technology 2001 (3.1), 55-66.

Electronic version in Etica & Politica, II.2 (2000).