A Festschrift in Honor of Rafael Capurro

For several decades Rafael Capurro has been at the forefront of defining the relationship between information and modernity through both phenomenological and ethical formulations. In exploring both of these themes Capurro has re-vivified the transcultural and intercultural expressions of how we bring an understanding of information to bear on scientific knowledge production and intermediation. Capurro has long stressed the need to look deeply into how we contextualize the information problems that scientific society creates for us and to re-incorporate a pragmatic dimension into our response that provides a balance to the cognitive turn in information science.

With contributions from 35 scholars from 15 countries, Information Cultures in the Digital Age focuses on the culture and philosophy of information, information ethics, the relationship of information to message, the historic and semiotic understanding of information, the relationship of information to power and the future of information education. This Festschrift seeks to celebrate Rafael Capurro’s important contribution to a global dialogue on how information conceptualization, use and technology impact human culture and the ethical questions that arise from this dynamic relationship.

The Editors

Matthew Kelly is a scholar at Curtin University’s Department of Information Studies and at the International Institute for Hermeneutics.

Jared Bielby currently serves as Co-Chair for the International Center for Information Ethics and Editor for the International Review of Information Ethics.


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Culture and Philosophy of Information

Super-Science, Fundamental Dimension, Way of Being: Library and Information

Science in an Age of Messages

David Bawden and Lyn Robinson


The “Naturalization” of the Philosophy of Rafael Capurro: Logic, Information

and Ethics

Joseph E. Brenner


Turing’s Cyberworld

Michael Eldred


Hermeneutics and Information Science: The Ongoing Journey From Simple

Objective Interpretation to Understanding Data as a Form of Disclosure

Matthew Kelly


The Epistemological Maturity of Information Science and the Debate

Around Paradigms

Fernanda Ribeiro and Armando Malheiro da Silva


A Methodology for Studying Knowledge Creation in Organizational Settings:

A Phenomenological Viewpoint

Anna Suorsa and Maija-Leena Huotari


The Significance of Digital Hermeneutics for the Philosophy of Technology

Arun Kumar Tripathi


Information Ethics


Reconciling Social Responsibility and Neutrality in LIS Professional Ethics:

A Virtue Ethics Approach

John T. F. Burgess


Information Ethics in the Age of Digital Labour and the Surveillance-Industrial


Christian Fuchs


Intercultural Information Ethics: A Pragmatic Consideration .

Soraj Hongladarom


Ethics of European Institutions as Normative Foundation of Responsible Research

and Innovation in ICT

Bernd Carsten Stahl


From Information to Message


Raphael’s School of Athens From the Perspective of Angeletics

John D. Holgate


Understanding the Pulse of Existence: An Examination of Capurro’s Angeletics

Fernando Flores Morador


The Demon in the Gap of Language: Capurro, Ethics and Language in

Divided Germany

Gustavo Silva Saldanha


Historic and Semiotic Themes


General Intellect, Communication and Contemporary Media Theory

Bernd Frohmann


“Data”: The Data

Jonathan Furner


On the Pre-History of Library Ethics: Documents and Legitimacy 

Joacim Hansson


Ethico-Philosophical Reflection on Overly Self-Confident or Even Arrogant

Humanism Applied to a Possible History-Oriented Rationality of the Library

and Librarianship

Vesa Suominen


Resisting Informational Hegemony


Culture Clash or Transformation? Some Thoughts Concerning the Onslaught of

Market Economy on the Internet and its Retaliation

Thomas Hausmanninger


Magicians and Guerrillas: Transforming Time and Space

Juliet Lodge and Daniel Nagel


Gramsci, Golem, Google: A Marxist Dialog with Rafael Capurro’s Intercultural

Information Ethics

Marco Schneider


From Culture Industry to Information Society: How Horkheimer and Adorno’s

Conception of the Culture Industry Can Help Us Examine Information Overload

in the Capitalist Information Society

Shaked Spier


Futures: Information Education


Ethical and Legal Use of Information by University Students: The Core Content of a

Training Program

Juan-Carlos Fernández-Molina and Enrique Muriel-Torrado


Reflections on Rafael Capurro’s Thoughts in Education and Research of

Information Science in Brazil

Lena Vania Pinheiro


Content Selection in Undergraduate LIS Education

Chaim Zins and Placida L. V. A. C. Santos


The Train Has Left the Station: Chronicles of the African Network for Information

Ethics and the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics

Rachel Fischer, Johannes Britz and Coetzee Bester

This Major Work Will Interest A Range Of Readers

Library and Information Science Professionals

Information Science Students and Faculty

Ethicists Focused on Information Problems

Philosophers Interested in Information Issues

The Internet Governance Community

Educators With a Stake in the Information Field

Sociolgists Focused on the Digital Age

Businesses With E-Commerce Investment


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Book Launch at

ANIEversary (Africa Network for Information Ethics): 10th anniversary conference organized by the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics (ACEIE), University of Pretoria, South Africa, February 21-24, 2017

anieversary 2017

Matthew Kelly, Rafael Capurro, Jared Bielby at the ANIEversary Summit 2017