Welcome to the home page of the IEG, the interdepartmental research group on the
philosophy of information (PI) at the University of Oxford.
The IEG is the result of a collaboration between the OUCL (the Oxford University
Computing Laboratory) and the Faculty of Philosophy, within Oxford.
The philosophy of information (PI) is the theoretical field concerned with
the critical investigation of the conceptual nature and basic principles of
information, including its dynamics, utilisation (especially as far as ethical
issues are concerned) and sciences, and
the elaboration and application of information-theoretic and computational
methodologies to philosophical problems.
Historically, the IEG has established PI as an area of specialisation for philosophical
enquiries since the mid-nineties.
The mission of the IEG is to develop a clear, philosophical understanding of the nature,
scope and life of information.
Most of the research done at the IEG is interdisciplinary. Theories, methods and topics
are brought together - especially from computer science, information science, ICT
studies, information theory, computer/information ethics, logic, epistemology,
philosophy of science, and the history of ideas - in order to investigate foundational
and conceptual issues in PI.
Current work on PI includes several topics related to the nature of semantic information,
the logic of information, the informational analysis of knowledge, multiagent systems
and foundational and applied issues in information and computer ethics.
People interested in the philosophy of computing and information are welcome
to contact us by emailing
IEG has a low-traffic, fully moderated mailing list (IEG-ML). IEG-ML is used to
keep its members informed about the activities of the group and distribute
information relevant to their researches.
If you wish to subscribe to the list,
please send and email to
tel: +44 1865 271970
fax: +44 1865 274125
Correspondence may be addressed to Luciano Floridi, St Cross College,
OX1 3LZ, Oxford, UK