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Information and Design: Book Symposium on Luciano Floridi’s The Logic of Information

Bawden, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0478-6456, Gorichanaz, T., Furner, J., Robinson, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-5202-8206, Ma, M., Herold, K., Van der Veer Martens, B., Floridi, L. and Dixon, D. (2019). Information and Design: Book Symposium on Luciano Floridi’s The Logic of Information. Journal of Documentation,

Abstract

Purpose – To review and discuss Luciano Floridi’s 2019 book The Logic of Information: A Theory of Philosophy as Conceptual Design, the latest instalment in his philosophy of information (PI) tetralogy, particularly with respect to its implications for library and information studies (LIS).

Design/methodology/approach – Nine scholars with research interests in philosophy and LIS read and responded to the book, raising critical and heuristic questions in the spirit of scholarly dialogue. Floridi responded to these questions.

Findings – Floridi’s PI, including this latest publication, is of interest to LIS scholars, and much insight can be gained by exploring this connection. It seems also that LIS has the potential to contribute to PI’s further development in some respects.

Research implications – Floridi’s PI work is technical philosophy for which many LIS scholars do not have the training or patience to engage with, yet doing so is rewarding. This suggests a role for translational work between philosophy and LIS.

Originality/value – The book symposium format, not yet seen in LIS, provides forum for sustained, multifaceted and generative dialogue around ideas.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial & non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/legalcode.
Publisher Keywords: Floridi, philosophy of information, logic, design
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Library & Information Science
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/23036
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