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Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture: What Is A Philosophical Question?

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture: What Is A Philosophical Question?

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Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford

Abstract

What makes a question a philosophical one? And what makes a philosophical question a good one?  In this talk, I shall argue that good philosophical questions are ultimate, non-absolute but relational questions,  which remain in principle open to informed and rational disagreement, and are not answerable empirically or mathematically. As a consequence, I shall interpret philosophy not as a form of analysis but as conceptual design.

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Luciano Floridi is professor of philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire – where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information and the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics – and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford. Floridi’s research concerns primarily the Philosophy of Information and Information Ethics. Other research interests include Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Technology, and the History and Philosophy of Scepticism.  His two most recent books are: The Philosophy of Information (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Information - A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is the only philosopher to have been elected Gauss Professor by the Academy of Sciences of Goettingen. In 2009, he was awarded the Barwise Prize by the American Philosophical Association.

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