VIKBB51 Philosophy of Information

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2015
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
RNDr. Michal Černý (lecturer)
PhDr. Jiří Stodola, PhD. (lecturer)
Mgr. Marek Timko, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Petr Škyřík, Ph.D.
Division of Information and Library Studies - Department of Czech Literature - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Sabina Kubisová
Supplier department: Division of Information and Library Studies - Department of Czech Literature - Faculty of Arts
Mon 10:50–12:25 C128
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of this course the student will:
a) be able to analyze concepts and make connections between them;
b ) know the basic philosophical approaches to the concept of information;
c ) orientate in fundamental philosophical problems and their relationship to the questions of Information Science;
d ) keep philosophically oriented discussion on terms used in information science.
  • What is the philosophy
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of information
  • Information logic
  • Information epistemology
  • Information cosmology
  • Information ontology
  • Information anthropology
  • Information and mind - Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Ethics
  • Information aesthetics
  • Information society
    required literature
  • SOKOL, Jan. Malá filosofie člověka a Slovník filosofických pojmů. 6. rozš. vyd., (Ve Vyšehradu 4.). Praha: Vyšehrad, 2010, 363 s. Moderní myšlení. ISBN 978-807-4290-565.
    recommended literature
  • HAEFNER, Klaus a Wolfgang HOFKIRCHNER. The quest for a unified theory of information: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science. Amsterdam: Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1999. xxxiii, 59. ISBN 90-5700-53
  • RŮŽIČKA, Michal. Informace a dobro. Vyd. 1. Praha: Ježek, 1993, 82 s. ISBN 8090162525.
  • GLEICK, James. Informace: historie. Teorie. Záplava. 1. vyd. Praha: Argo/Dokořán, 2013, 396 s. ISBN 978-80-7363-415-5.
  • STODOLA, Jiří. Informace, komunikace a bytí: fragment realistické informační vědy. 1. vyd. Brno: Jiří Stodola, 2010, 146 s. ISBN 9788025479964.
  • KRUG, Gary. Communication, technology and cultural change. London: SAGE, 2005, xv, 241 p. ISBN 0761972013.
  • KROB, Josef. Gnoseologie: od tradičních otázek k evoluční gnoseologii. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova universita, 2006, 155 s. ISBN 8021039949.
  • DRETSKE, Fred I. Knowledge and the flow of information. Stanford, Calif.: CSLI Publications, c1999, xiv, 273 s. ISBN 157586195x.
  • STONIER, Tom. Informace a vnitřní struktura vesmíru. 1. vyd. Praha: BEN, 2002, 160 s. ISBN 80-7300-050-4.
  • FLORIDI, Luciano. The philosophy of information. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, xviii, 405 s. ISBN 9780199232383.
  • FLORIDI, Luciano. The Blackwell guide to the philosophy of computing and information. 1st pub. New York: Blackwell Publishing, 2004, xiv, 371 s. ISBN 0631229191.
Teaching methods
The course will be conducted through lectures of three teachers whose views on philosophical questions sometimes differ (eg the primacy of epistemology before ontology, the fundamental philosophical category of substance, etc.). Teachers will present their concepts of selected problems and then discussion will take place between them and the students.
Assessment methods
75% attendance at lectures and active participation in the discussion (for distant students, there is the possibility of two debates over issues 1-6 and 7-12, which demonstrate an understanding of the theme and reflection on their own themes).
Essay and debate over it.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
General note: Rozvrhové informace: pondělí 10:50 - 12:25, Seminární učebna KISK.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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