PhiloWeb 2012

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IACAP is offering a 500$ travel bursary to Andreas Beinsteiner, recipient of a travel bursary to present his paper. Congratulations to him and many thanks to IACAP!

Keynote Speakers:

  • Stevan Harnad (Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Southampton)
  • Scott Lash (Goldsmiths)
  • Christopher Menzel (Texas A&M University)
  • François Rastier (INALCO)

W3C TAG Panel on Philosophy of Web Architecture

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee (W3C)
  • Larry Masinter (Adobe)
  • Henry S. Thompson (Edinburgh)


09:00-09:20 Introduction to the Workshop

Session 1: Web and Society

09:20-10:00 Scott Lash (Invited Speaker)
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
10:15-10:35 Michalis Vafopoulos, Petros Stefaneas, Ioannis Anagnostopoulos and Kieron O’Hara: A methodology for internal Web ethics
10:35-10:55 Eddie Soulier: What Social Ontology for Social Web? An assemblage theory promoted.
10:55-11:10 Discussion

Session 2: Web and Cognition

11:10-11:50 Stevan Harnad (Invited Speaker)
11:50-12:10 Andreas Beinsteiner: Filter Bubble and Enframing: On the Self-Affirming Dynamics of Technologies
12:10-12:25 Discussion

12:25-14:00 Lunch Break

Session 3: Web and Language

14:00-14:40 Francois Rastier (Invited Speaker)
14:40-15:00 Aurélien Bénel: Where do ‘ontologies’ come from? Seeking for the missing link
15:00-15:20 Philippe Lacour: Web metaphysics between logic and ontology
15:20-15:30 Discussion

Session 4: Web and Logic (& computation)

15:30-16:10 Chris Menzel (Invited Speaker)
16:10-16:30 Alexandre Monnin, Nicolas Delaforge and Fabien Gandon: CoReWeb Ontology: From linked documentary resources to linked computational resources
16:30-16:50 Jaimie Murdock, Cameron Buckner and Colin Allen: Containing the Semantic Explosion
16:50-17:00 Discussion

W3C TAG panel on architecture of the Web philosophy

17:00-18:00 Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Masinter, Henry S. Thompson

General discussion

18:30-18:40 Closing remarks

Call for Papers:

The advent of the Web is one of the defining technological events of the twentieth-first century, yet its impact on the fundamental questions of philosophy has not yet been widely explored, much less systematized. The Web, as today implemented on the foundations of the Internet, is broadly construed as an information space, the space of all items of interest (“resources”) identified by URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers, such as “”). Originally conceived as an hypertext system of linked documents, today the Web is rapidly evolving as a universal platform for data and computation, as URIs are used to identify everything from data on the Semantic Web and mobile code in Web applications. Even more swiftly is the Web-driven transformation of many previously unquestioned philosophical concepts of privacy, authority, meaning, identity, belief, intelligence, cognition, and even embodiment in surprising ways. In response, we hope to provoke the properly philosophical question of whether there is a consistent new branch or practice of philosophy that can weave these changes to technology and society into a coherent whole and have a real social impact?

We welcome all submissions of a philosophical nature involving the Web.

Some questions that may be addressed include:

  • Is the existence of the philosophy of the Web justified?
  • What is the precise relationship between a more general philosophy and the Web?
  • What are the historical and philosophical roots of the philosophy of the Web?
  • Is “philosophical engineering” a genuine philosophical practice?
  • Are philosophers trading places with engineers or craftsmen?
  • Do philosophers of the Web have a special responsibility?
  • Are there unifying principles underlying the architecture of the Web?
  • How are URIs related to the naming and reference in the philosophy of language?
  • Is the Web understood as a means to signify tied to freedom of speech?
  • What is the impact on models built from massive amounts of Web data on philosophy?
  • What is the impact of search engines like Google on questions of knowledge and belief?
  • Does the increasing mediation of our social interactions by the Web challenge our existing conceptions of privacy and individuality?
  • Can human cognition genuinely be extended by the Web?
  • How does the philosophy of the Web interact with other empirically-informed philosophical questions around neuroscience and cognitive science?
  • Does the communication and ubiquity accessibility of the Web alter our notion of embodiment?

Important Dates

  • Workshop date: April 17, 2012

Organizing Committee:

  • Alexandre Monnin, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne/Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation/INRIA/CNAM.
  • Harry Halpin, Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation (Marie Curie Fellow)/W3C.
  • Leslie Carr, University of Southampton

Program Committee:

  • Alexandra Arapinis (Paris 1/IHPST)
  • Bruno Bachimont (Université de Technologie de Compiègne/INA)
  • Anthony Beavers (University of Evansville)
  • Aurélien Bénel (Université de Technologie de Troyes)
  • David Booth
  • Leslie Carr (University of Southampton)
  • Nicolas Delaforge (INRIA)
  • Fabien Gandon (INRIA)
  • Aldo Gangemi (CNR)
  • Viorel Guliciuc (Stefan cel Mare University)
  • Harry Halpin (IRI/W3C)
  • Yuk Hui (IRI-ONRG)
  • Larry Masinter (Adobe)
  • Christopher Menzel (Texas A&M University)
  • Alexandre Monnin (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/IRI/CNAM/INRIA)
  • Valentina Presutti (CNR)
  • François Rastier (INALCO)
  • Jonathan Rees (Creative Commons)
  • Eddie Soulier (Université de Technologie de Troyes)
  • Henry Thompson (University of Edimburgh)
  • Michalis Vafopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Evelyne Viegas (Microsoft)
  • Yorick Wiks (Oxford Internet Institute)
  • Xiaoshu Wang (RENCI)
  • Heather West (Google)

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