Web and Philosophy: why and what for? (WWW 2012 Workshop) (PhiloWeb 2012)

Venue: Centre de congrès de Lyon

Location: Lyon, 69006, France

Event Date/Time: Apr 17, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 17, 2012
Registration Date: Mar 20, 2012
Early Registration Date: Feb 05, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Feb 05, 2012
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The advent of the Web is one of the defining technological events of the twentieth-first century, yet its impact on the fundamental questions of philosophy has not yet been widely explored, much less systematized. The Web, as today implemented on the foundations of the Internet, is broadly construed as an information space, the space of all items of interest (“resources”) identified by URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers, such as “http://www.example.org”). Originally conceived as an hypertext system of linked documents, today the Web is rapidly evolving as a universal platform for data and computation, as URIs are used to identify everything from data on the Semantic Web and mobile code in Web applications. Even more swiftly is the Web-driven transformation of many previously unquestioned philosophical concepts of privacy, authority, meaning, identity, belief, intelligence, cognition, and even embodiment in surprising ways. In response, we hope to provoke the properly philosophical question of whether there is a consistent new branch or practice of philosophy that can weave these changes to technology and society into a coherent whole and have a real social impact?


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