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Web and Philosophy, Why and What For ?

Web and Philosophy, Why and What For ?
Web and Philosophy, Why and What For ?
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?
Web Science, Philosophy
1613-0073
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CEUR
Monnin, Alexandre
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Halpin, Harry
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Carr, Les
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Monnin, Alexandre
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Halpin, Harry
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Carr, Les
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Monnin, Alexandre, Halpin, Harry and Carr, Les (eds.) (2012) Web and Philosophy, Why and What For ?, CEUR (CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 859).

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Abstract

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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Published date: 17 April 2012
Keywords: Web Science, Philosophy
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 355162
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/355162
ISSN: 1613-0073
PURE UUID: 000553d7-ae5c-409d-b653-188055547a25
ORCID for Les Carr: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-9680

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2013 12:12
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:49

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Editor: Alexandre Monnin
Editor: Harry Halpin
Editor: Les Carr ORCID iD

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