Handbook on the Philosophy of Information

Last updated: May 28th, 2007

The handbook is now in production.

This handbook is one volume in a 14 volumes set entitled Handbook of the philosophy of science, dealing with all aspects of the philosophy of science. 
This multi-volume Handbook is to be published by Elsevier under the general editorship of  Dov Gabbay, Paul Thagard, and John Woods.


Editors  Johan van Benthem johan@science.uva.nl

Pieter Adriaans pietera@science.uva.nl
Assistant Mark Theunissen mtheunis@science.uva.nl
  Olivier Roy oroy@science.uva.nl


Information is a recognized fundamental notion across the sciences and humanities, which is crucial to understanding physical computation, communication, and human cognition. This Handbook brings together the most important perspectives on information. It includes major technical approaches, while also setting out the historical backgrounds of information as well as its contemporary role in many academic fields. Also, special unifying topics are high-lighted that play across many fields, while we also aim at identifying relevant themes for philosophical reflection. There is no established area yet of Philosophy of Information, and this Handbook can help shape one, making sure it is well grounded in scientific expertise. As a side benefit, a book like this can facilitate contacts and collaboration among diverse academic milieus sharing a common interest in information. The following Table of Contents indicates the editors' thinking about these matters. Especially in this start-up stage, we would appreciate all sorts of comments and suggestions from our authors that might help us create a better and more effective Book.


      Table of Contents
  Chapter Topics Author
1 Introduction, Scene setting
1a Editorial on the overall role of information, and the structure of this Book  Editors
1b Philosophy of Information : Concepts and History P. Adriaans (Amsterdam)
2 Philosophy and information
2a Epistemology and Information F. Dretske (Duke)
2b Information and Philosophy of Language J.Groenendijk(Amsterdam),
H. Kamp (Stuttgart) and
M.Stokhof (Amsterdam)

2c Modern Trends in Philosophy of Information L. Floridi (Oxford) 
2d Philosophy of Learning P. Adriaans (Amsterdam)
3 Foundation, Major technical approaches
3a The Quantitative Theory of Information F. Topsøe and P. Harremoës (Copenhagen)
3b The Stories of Logic and Information

Johan van Benthem (Amsterdam & Stanford) and

3c Algorithmic Complexity  P. Grünwald and 
P. Vitanyi (Amsterdam)
4 Informatics : Major themes in transforming/using information
4a Learning, Simplicity, Truth, and Misinformation K. Kelly (Pittsburgh)
4b Epistemic Logic and Information Update 
A. Baltag (Oxford), 
L. Moss (Bloomington),
H. van Ditmarsch (Otago)
4c Information Structure and Belief Revision H. Rott (Regensburg)
4d Information, Processes and Games S. Abramsky (Oxford)
4e Information and Beliefs in Game Theory B. Walliser
5 Information in the Sciences & Humanities  
5a Information in Computer Science J. M. Dunn (Indiana)
5b The Physics of Information

S. Bais (Amsterdam), D.Farmer (Santa Fe)

5c Information in Social Science

K. Devlin (Stanford)
Duska Rosenberg (London)

5d Information in Artificial Intelligence J. McCarthy (Stanford)
5e Information and Cognitive Science M. Boden (Sussex)
5f Information in Biological Systems (Outline) J. Collier (KwaZulu-Natal)
6 Epilogue, future perspectives and research directions. Editors


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The following table is the current list of dates of deadlines and events. The time schedule has been kept compact, given the relatively short chapter size, and also, to ensure timely publication, while making this enterprise feasible for all.

Time Schedule
The Handbook is now in production. Publication is foreseen by the end of 2007.



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