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Luciano Floridi

Full Professor

Department of Legal Studies

Academic discipline: SPS/08 Sociology of Culture and Communication


Course: Digital Philosophy and Ethics, a.y. 2022-2023

Update - 2 June 2023

Due to unexpected problems, the first 3 lectures will be online online. Those attending the lectures in person will be able to connect online in “Sala Feste”, Palazzo Malvezzi, Via Zamboni 22. I apologise for the inconvenience.

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The course (in English) presupposes no previous knowledge and is open to anyone interested. It is formally part of the courses addressed to students of the three PhD Programs of the Department of Legal Studies.

The lectures progressively build on each other, so attending all of them is recommended. The seminars provide an opportunity to debate relevant and timely topics more informally.

This year the course focuses on the transformations brought about by the digital revolution in how we re-conceptualise reality, agency, and personal identity (re-ontologisation). It covers the following topics (some topics will require more than one lecture and the order in which they are covered may be slightly adapted depending on the participants’ feedback):

1. Methodology: how to do philosophy and develop ethical evaluations

2. Digital ontology: the conception of reality after the digital revolution

3. The onlife experience, the construction of personal identity, and the technologies of hope

4. AI, artificial agents and their ethical challenges after ChatGPT

5. Complexity and the paradox of cooperation

6. Digital sovereignty and digital citizenship

7. The logic of trade-off

8. Semantic capital

9. The human project: digital utopia or regulative ideal? The Green and the Blue


There is no registration fee, courtesy of the University of Bologna, and the lectures are public. They will be available online as well, through the Teams platform, at this link link.

Calendar (all times are Central European Summer Time (CEST))

Each lecture or seminar lasts 2 hours.

12 lectures: June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 (every Monday Tuesday and Wednesday), from 10:30 to 12:30.

3 seminars: June 12, 19, 26, from 14:00 to 16:00.

All lectures and seminars will be in “Sala Feste”, Palazzo Malvezzi, Via Zamboni 22.


There is no required reading. The lectures are loosely based on the following books, which are mere suggestions to anyone who wishes to know more and use the texts as notebooks:

1. Etica dell'intelligenza artificiale - Sviluppi, opportunità, sfide (Milano: Cortina, 2022).

2. Il Verde e il Blu - Idee ingenue per migliorare la politica (Milano: Cortina, 2020).

3. Pensare l'Infosfera - La filosofia come design concettuale (Milano: Cortina, 2019).

4. La quarta rivoluzione - Come l'infosfera sta trasformando il mondo (Milano: Cortina, 2017).

They are available here in Italian. For English versions please see

Published on: June 02 2023