PhiloWeb Projet FP7 Marie Curie (Philosophie du Web : Des Représentations Hypertextuelles à l’Intelligence Collective)

4, July 2011  |  Published : Events, Seminars  | 

Iri has been proud to carry out an event with Harry Halpin. Author of a thesis (Sense and Reference on the Web) that has been written under tutoring of Henry Thompson and Andy Clark at the Edinburgh university, H. Halpin was the first to introduce a Web philosophy. He also works in the W3C where he is in charge of the Federated Social Web Incubator Group, which shows the will of this organization to offer new standards for the social Web.

Aiming to develop a collaboration with Bernard Stiegler and to pursue the reflection on Web philosophy, Harry Halpin and Iri announced the project « PhiloWeb » (Programme FP7 Marie Curie n°275253) that has been recently recognized by the European Commission. This project, that will last 24 months, enables H. Halpin to join Iri to prepare a book designed to expose his research themes to a larger public.

This project follow Alexandre Monnin‘s work (Paris 1, Iri, Cnam) on Web philosophy ( as much in his thesis as through the organization of international event such as PhiloWeb 2010 or, more recently, french-speaking like the Philosophie and Engineering, beside the IC 2011 conference of the AFIA board.

Alexandre Monnin also carries out interviews with researchers and engineers interested in those questions. Among them are Tim Berners-Lee, François Rastier, Bernard Stiegler, Bruno Bachimont, Manuel Zacklad, Eddie Soulier, Fabien Gandon, etc.
Interviews available here :

Summary of the project :

After the success of the Web, and considering the structural changes it triggered, Web designers as well as researchers have to tackle a increasing number of difficulties which root is clearly philosophic. Among them, a lot of old issue are hiding under a new look (issue concerning knowledge, identity and language) at a time when unprecented issues are raised by the emergence of social Web and the Web of objects. In a world where technologies of information rule increasingly more, our nature as individuals changes insofar as our cognitive and social capacities outsource more and more. However, philosophers only start to link those technological stakes to the french philosophical tradition, that explores the origins of conceptual structures, and the analytical tradition strongly influenced by harshness. This project aims to be the start of a bigger project that will try to link those two traditions around a research object: the World Wide Web. A strictly pluridisciplinary approach is thus required. The final aim is to make this project concrete by writing a book provisionally named The Open World: A Philosophy of the Web.

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