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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Lecture What is a Philosophical Question?, 29th Oct2013, Balliol College, UK.

Cerberus, the Balliol College PPE Society is very pleased to announce that Prof. Luciano Floridi 
will be speaking at Balliol College (LR 23) on What is a Philosophical Question? at 18.30 on 
Tuesday 29th October 2013. For further information please contact Marc Pacitti 
There are many ways of understanding the nature of philosophical questions. One may consider their 
morphology, semantics, relevance, or scope. In this paper, I introduce a different approach, based 
on the kind of informational resources required to answer them. The result is a definition of 
philosophical questions as questions whose answers are in principle open to informed, rational, 
and honest disagreement, ultimate but not absolute, closed under further questioning, possibly 
constrained by empirical and logico-mathematical resources, but which require noetic resources 
to be answered. In the conclusion, I discuss some of the consequences of this definition for a 
conception of philosophy as conceptual design.

The talk is based on What is a Philosophical Question?, Metaphilosophy, 44.3, 195221. 
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, 
Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. 
Among his recognitions, he was the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics, Gauss Professor
of the Academy of Sciences in Gttingen, and is recipient of the APA's Barwise Prize, the IACAP's 
Covey Award, and the INSEIT's Weizenbaum Award. He is an AISB and BCS Fellow, and Editor in Chief 
of Philosophy & Technology and of the Synthese Library. He was Chairman of EU Commission's "Onlife 
Initiative". Floridi's research concerns primarily the Philosophy of Information, Information and 
Computer Ethics, and the Philosophy of Technolgy. Other research interests include Epistemology, 
Philosophy of Logic, and the History and Philosophy of Scepticism. He has published over a 150 
papers in these areas, in many anthologies and peer-reviewed journals. His works have been 
translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Japanese, Italian, Hungarian, Persian, Polish, 
Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. His most recent books are: The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013),
The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011), The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer 
Ethics (editor, CUP, 2010), and Information: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010).
For more, visit his website at: