Archive for August, 2010

Philosophy and information studies

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Have just been reading Philosophy and information studies, a comprehensive paper surveying work in the philosophy of information and philosophical work in information studies.

2010 Annual 3QD Philosophy Prize

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The 3QD Philosophy Prize is an annual prize for the best blog writing in philosophy.

Ideas of the century: The philosophy of information

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Philosopher’s Magazine (TPM) has just made freely available Luciano Floridi’s contribution to its special edition 50th issue: Ideas of the century: The philosophy of information.

Course in Philosophy of Information

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

The Nordic Research School in Information Studies is hosting a course in Philosophy of Information.

Third Workshop in the Philosophy of Information

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Jaakko Hintikka and Information in Philosophy

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Though not something that I deliberately worked towards, I realise that much of the work I have done or am doing is in areas either initiated or influenced by Jaakko Hintikka.

  • My honours thesis looked at game-theoretical semantics and independence-friendly logic, which Hintikka is the main architect of.
  • I also work with epistemic logic quite a bit, of which Hintikka’s Knowledge and Belief: An Introduction to the Logic of the Two Notions is a seminal text.
  • I am currently using Hintikka’s approach to analysing questions as requests for information in terms of epistemic modal logic for some research on informational relevance.
  • The approaches to truthlikeness that I am using for information quantification make use of Hintikka’s distributive normal forms.
  • The work by Bar-Hillel/Carnap on quantifying semantic information was extended by Hintikka.


Asia Pacifc Computing & Philosophy Conference

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Transmissibility of Information in a Multiagent Context

Friday, August 6th, 2010

A small point concerning the derivation of Hintikka’s axiom of transmission in a logic of being informed.

Philosophy of Information at

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Just discovered this interesting site:

From the about section: “Problemata is a question bank. It is a repository of questions on various topics, together with answers and hints for the questions.”

Here are question lists tagged philosophy of information..

Talk on a Logic for Agent-Oriented Relevance

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Details for an upcoming talk I am giving:

Title: A Logic for Agent-Oriented Relevance

Abstract: Relevance here is taken to be agent-oriented/epistemic, where the relevance of a piece of information is determined in terms of how well it satisfies an agent’s request, how well it answers their question. A logic is given in which a relevance operator (Ra) is defined and investigated; Rai means something like ‘the piece of information i is relevant to agent a’. The erotetic foundation for this logic is Hintikka’s approach to analysing questions as requests for information in terms of epistemic modal logic, which is then combined with a logic of intention.

Location: Melbourne University Logic Seminar Series, September 17th.