Research

Current research

From 2015 to 2017 I will be addressing issues concerning PI (the philosophy of information) from the point of view of phenomenology. My research proposal titled The Concept of Information in Science and Philosophy. A Phenomenological Approach will be carried out under the auspices of the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas at the Universidad de Costa Rica. See my research proposal (in Spanish).

My research will address how information theory is transforming philosophy by turning traditional philosophical concepts into informational ones. Concomitantly, the following specific topics will be dealt with:

· The sociohistorical aspects of the information age: philosophical implications of the so-called ‘fourth revolution.’

· The concept of information, its development, and its impact on philosophy.

· The ‘it from bit’ doctrine in physics and its consequences in digital philosophy as metaphysics.

· Philosophy of computing and of AI and their importance for information theory.

· The problems regarding the naturalization of information.

· The confrontation between informational ontology vs digital ontology.

· The concept of ‘infosphere.’

· The applications of information theory in the philosophy of mind and in cognitive science.

Finally, the critical potential of phenomenological philosophy will be brought forth in order (i) to criticize the naturalization of information via its close cousin, the naturalization of intentionality, (ii) to show how a theory of message (rooted in human communication) can be conceived of as the basis of information, (iii) to highlight the communicational aspects of information drawing from social cognition and the embodied science of intersubjectivity, and (iv) to develop a phenomenological approach over against the full-blown informatization of philosophy.

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_____. (2011) “Angeletics—A Message Theory.” In: Rafael Capurro & John Holgate (eds.), pp. 33-42.

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