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Duff, Alistair


Alistair Duff


It is safe to say that information has not hitherto been a central concept of political philosophy. Apart from occasional flashes – from ancient Greek speculations on the political significance of logos (translatable in some contexts as “information”) to journalist-philosopher Walter Lippmann's comments on information and the “good society” – information, unlike related concepts such as knowledge or education, has generally slipped under the disciplinary radar. However, today, amid the socio-technical process of “informatization” – the dramatic rise in the salience of information as object of both consciousness and technology – political philosophers as well as economists and sociologists are beginning to ask what this phenomenon might imply for perennial questions concerning justice, freedom, and the role of the state.

Acceptance Date Sep 9, 1999
Online Publication Date Sep 15, 2014
Publication Date Sep 15, 2014
Deposit Date May 13, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 1833-1835
Book Title The Encyclopedia of Political Thought
ISBN 978-1405191296
Keywords Democracy; freedom; idealism; information society; mass media; political philosophy;
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