Special Issue "Angeletics / Messaging Theory"

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A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rafael Capurro (Website)

International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE), Redtenbacherstrasse, 9, 76133 Karlsruhe Germany
Fax: +49 721 98 22 9 21
Interests: angeletics; information science; bioethics; media philosophy; ethics and robotics; nanoethics; hermeneutics; business ethics; information ethics; knowledge management
Guest Editor
Dr. Michael Eldred (Website)

artefact text & translation, Cologne, Germany
Interests: phenomenology; social ontology; metaphysics; post-metaphysics; philosophy of time; critique of modern science; ontology of social power; justice and capitalism; early Greek philosophy
Guest Editor
Dr. John D. Holgate

St George Hospital Medical Library and Information Service, Sydney, Australia
Interests: information science; electronic publishing; health informatics; philosophy of information and communication; theory of cinema; hermeneutic phenomenology; linguistics; logology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The term angeletics comes from Greek angelos / angelia, meaning messenger / messages. We use these terms when we refer to angels or divine messengers. There is a long tradition in theology and religious studies called angelology. Angeletics is in this regard different from angelology. Its purpose is to study the phenomenon of messages and messengers within the boundaries of the condition humaine, having as its primary object human communication but including technical and natural processes as well. For the philosophers of the Enlightenment, such as Immanuel Kant, the censorship-free distribution of scientific knowledge through the press belongs to the core of a free society. The question today is then to what extent the internet creates a new angeletic space giving rise to new synergies of messages and messengers beyond the hierarchical structure of mass media.  Angeletics is the general term used for the cultural, social and philosophical phenomenon of messages and messengers, while ‘messaging theory’ is used more specifically for the phenomenon’s scientific and technological aspects.

See: Rafael Capurro - John Holgate (eds.). Messages and Messengers. Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology of Communication. Vol.5, Munich 2011.

Prof. Dr. Rafael Capurro
Dr Michael Eldred
Dr John D. Holgate
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • angeletics
  • communicology
  • digital anthropology
  • philosophy of communication
  • phenomenology
  • Messaging Theory
  • messengers

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Open AccessArticle Angeletics and Logic in Reality
Information 2012, 3(4), 715-738; doi:10.3390/info3040715
Received: 15 June 2012 / Revised: 15 November 2012 / Accepted: 16 November 2012 / Published: 21 November 2012
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Rafael Capurro has defined Angeletics (or messaging theory—John Holgate’s preferred term) as the study of messages and messaging and proposed its paradigmatic role in 21st century science and society. As stated in Messages and Messengers. Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology [...] Read more.
Rafael Capurro has defined Angeletics (or messaging theory—John Holgate’s preferred term) as the study of messages and messaging and proposed its paradigmatic role in 21st century science and society. As stated in Messages and Messengers. Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology of Communication, edited by Capurro and Holgate, the objective of Angeletics is to further both a philosophical and a hermeneutical understanding of this phenomenon. My paper is directed at key issues outlined in the reference document by several authors that involve the physical grounding and evolution of messaging and information processes. My approach is to apply my recent extension of logic to complex real systems, processes and concepts, including information, messages and their interaction (Logic in Reality, LIR). LIR supports the grounding of Angeletics in reality and emphasizes the congruence between informational issues in science and in philosophy, as in Capurro’s distinction between an “angeletic philosophy” and “philosophic Angeletics”. From this perspective, LIR can act as a framework for the debate about the nature and function of messaging and information theory and their relevance for a more ethical information society. Full article
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Open AccessArticle When an Atom Becomes a Message—Practicing Experiments on the Origins of Life
Information 2012, 3(3), 307-330; doi:10.3390/info3030307
Received: 5 June 2012 / Revised: 3 August 2012 / Accepted: 5 August 2012 / Published: 13 August 2012
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Practicing experiments on the origins of life within the framework of quantum mechanics comes to face a task of distinguishing the descriptive spaces of the object between a space of physical states and a space of probability distributions. One candidate for accommodating [...] Read more.
Practicing experiments on the origins of life within the framework of quantum mechanics comes to face a task of distinguishing the descriptive spaces of the object between a space of physical states and a space of probability distributions. One candidate for accommodating both the physical and the probabilistic description in a mutually tolerable manner is to apply first-second person descriptions to the space of physical states while letting the space of probability distributions addressable in third person descriptions be accessible via first-second person descriptions. The mediator or messenger for accommodating these two types of description is the process of probability flow equilibration. The relative state formulation of quantum mechanics opens a possibility for the likelihood that a simple atom such as a carbon atom may carry a message for holding the process of probability flow equilibration. An experimental example demonstrating a carbon atom serving as a messenger is found in the running of the citric acid cycle in the absence of biological enzymes. Full article
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