Episode 1: Luciano Floridi

SuchThatCast episode 1: Luciano Floridi
Photo by Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson

Luciano Floridi
Location: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, UK (during IACAP/AISB conference)
Duration: Appr. 65 min.

Keywords: Floridi, Philosophy of Information, Information Ethics, Computer Ethics, Kant, Noumenon, academia, Philosophy of Religion



In the first episode of SuchThatCast, I sit down with Luciano Floridi – who currently holds the Research Chair in philosophy of information and the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics at the University of Hertfordshire, Department of Philosophy. He is also a Fellow by Special Election of St Cross College, Oxford University, Senior Member of the Faculty of Philosophy and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy at OUCL (the Department of Computer Science), University of Oxford. He is best known for his work on two areas of philosophical research: the philosophy of information and information ethics.

In this episode, Floridi takes the opportunity to reveal a driving force behind his philosophy that has never been publicly announced before. For anyone with some knowledge of Floridi’s philosophy, this will come as a huge surprise, and it will change how you perceive his theories from now on. We also discuss the state of computer and information ethics as a field, and how philosophy and academia needs to change radically in order to stay relevant and timely. We also discuss Kant’s noumenon, especially the possibility to get a glimpse of it — and what that ‘it’ may signify, which is connected to the aforementioned revelation and its importance to ethics. We conclude by looking at what lies ahead for Floridi and a philosophical system that is increasingly taking on Germanic proportions.

Background Information and links related to this episode:

  • You will get most out of this episode if you at least know a little bit about Floridi’s philosophy. For starters, have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Floridi
  • Floridi’s homepage, with most of his papers freely available
  • We end up talking quite a bit about Kant’s notion of ‘noumenon’, so it might be worth it to just brush up on what that is before listening.


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  • Søraker, J.H. (Producer). (2012, August 27). Episode 1: Luciano Floridi (audio podcast). SuchThatCast. Podcast retrieved from http://suchthatcast.com/Floridi
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10 thoughts on “Episode 1: Luciano Floridi”

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed that interview. Although I teach ‘computer ethics’ I am only now trying to develop a more theoretical understanding of the underpinning ideas and trying to understand the work of Luciano Floridi.
    A suggestion would be to include facility for RSS feeds?

  2. Johnny, an absolutely splendid beginning to the podcast project–the stimulating atmosphere and striking conversation,with some elegance as well! Luciano, who would have guessed? I had my suspicions! -Ken

  3. I’ve just realised that although I set up the RSS feed I have not recieved any updates. I only saw that there was a third episode because of a post on Facebook about technical issues.

  4. Thanks for this very interesting interview. I was in two minds about attending some lectures by Luciano Floridi this weekend in Oxford, but coming across your interview convinced me!

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