Information and communication technology occupies a central place in the modern world, with society becoming increasingly dependent on it every day. It is therefore unsurprising that it has become a growing subject area in contemporary philosophy, which relies heavily on informational concepts. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information is an outstanding reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into four parts:

  • basic ideas
  • quantitative and formal aspects
  • natural and physical aspects
  • human and semantic aspects.

Within these sections central issues are examined, including probability, the logic of information, informational metaphysics, the philosophy of data and evidence, and the epistemic value of information.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, computer science and communication studies.

chapter |3 pages


Mapping the philosophy of information
ByLuciano Floridi

part |52 pages

Basic ideas

chapter |8 pages

Physics and information

ByN.L. Harshman

chapter |8 pages

Probability and information

ByPeter Milne

chapter |7 pages

Computation and information

ByGualtiero Piccinini, Andrea Scarantino

chapter |7 pages

Mathematical theory of information (Shannon)

ByOlimpia Lombardi

chapter |7 pages

Algorithmic information theory

ByAlexander Shen

chapter |6 pages

Semantic information

ByLuciano Floridi

chapter |7 pages

The method of abstraction

ByLuciano Floridi

part |131 pages

Quantitative and formal aspects

chapter |18 pages

The logic of information

ByPatrick Allo

chapter |13 pages

Information processing and instructional information

ByNir Fresco, Marty J. Wolf

chapter |17 pages

Information in the philosophy of computer science

ByGiuseppe Primiero

chapter |17 pages

The philosophy of distributed information

ByVincent F. Hendricks, Rasmus K. Rendsvig

chapter |16 pages

Modeling information

ByPatrick Grim

chapter |11 pages

The decisional value of information

ByMartin Peterson

chapter |16 pages

The philosophy of mathematical information

ByMarcello D’Agostino

chapter |8 pages

Bayesianism and information

ByMichael Wilde, Jon Williamson

part |130 pages

Natural and physical aspects

chapter |12 pages

The philosophy of data

BySabina Leonelli

chapter |16 pages

Informational metaphysics

The informational nature of reality
ByTerrell Ward Bynum

chapter |16 pages

The philosophy of quantum information

ByChris Timpson

chapter |14 pages

Information and causality

ByPhyllis Illari, Federica Russo

chapter |14 pages

Philosophy of science and information

ByIoannis Votsis

chapter |14 pages

Teleosemantics and natural information

ByJohn Symons

chapter |13 pages

The philosophy of biological information

ByBarton Moffatt

chapter |14 pages

The philosophy of semiotic information

BySara Cannizzaro

chapter |15 pages

The philosophy of communication and information

ByUlrich Stegmann

part |103 pages

Human and semantic aspects

chapter |11 pages

Information and cognition

ByFred Adams

chapter |15 pages

Mis- and dis-information

ByDon Fallis

chapter |14 pages

Information-theoretic philosophy of mind

ByJason Winning, William Bechtel

chapter |14 pages

The moral value of information and information ethics

ByMariarosaria Taddeo

chapter |11 pages

Art and the information society

ByKatherine Thomson-Jones

chapter |10 pages

The interpretative value of information

ByJan Kyrre Berg Friis

chapter |12 pages

The philosophy of law in an information society

ByUgo Pagallo, Massimo Durante

chapter |14 pages

The spiritual value of information

ByGeorge Medley