de Gruyter/ontos verlag Frankfurt, Germany and online bookstores,
Amazon, where parts can be read, under the title
Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld ontos, Frankfurt
312 pp. 2013 ISBN 978-3-86838-176-4 and also as a downloadable e-book. Also at
Google Book Search where extensive parts can be previewed. The authors were
engaged 2011-2013 as phenomenological ethicists in the project,
A Culture of Privacy and Trust
for the Internet of acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin.
An abridged version of the book is
available under the title 'IT and Privacy from an Ethical Perspective —
Digital Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld' in Buchmann, Johannes
Privacy - Eine multidisziplinäre Bestandsaufnahme / A Multidisciplinary
Analysis Springer, Berlin pp. 63-141 ISBN 978-3-642-31942-6 eISBN
"Digital Whoness is a significant exploration of the notions of privacy and publicness in our increasingly digitized world. It is
an original contribution to the philosophy of information and communication as well as a way
mark for all who believe privacy is an essential component of a democratic society.
[...] Eldred, Capurro and Nagel are posing timely questions about the control of our
freedoms in an increasingly digitized world and they
deserve our full attention." John Holgate's review 'From Classical Ontology
to WHO Magazine' in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine Dec. 2013 pp. 6-7.
Sola autem nos philosophia excitabit,
sola somnum excutiet gravem.
But only philosophy will wake us up,
only it will shake off the heavy sleep.
Seneca Epistulae ad Lucilium Ep. LIII
aim, employing the phenomenological method, is to provide well-articulated
concepts by thinking through elementary phenomena of today's world, focusing
on privacy and the digital, to clarify who we are
in the cyberworld — hence a phenomenology of digital whoness. The
aim, employing the hermeneutic method, is to engage critically with
older and current literature on privacy, including in today's emerging
cyberworld, whose most important results are the critique of merely informational
privacy as well as of the autonomous subject vis-à-vis an
reified world, as opposed to a self engaged in ongoing social power-plays.
Phenomenological results include concepts of i) self-identity through
with the world, ii) personal privacy in contradistinction to the
of private property, iii) the cyberworld as an artificial, digital
dimension in order to discuss iv) what freedom in the cyberworld
can mean, whilst not neglecting v) intercultural aspects and vi)
the EU context. The concluding chapter indicates why it is worthwhile
laying a theoretical foundation through a phenomenology of digital whoness.
Capurro is Prof. emeritus, founder of the International Center
for Information Ethics, Karlsruhe and editor-in-chief of the International
Review of Information Ethics. His work has concentrated on a phenomenological
approach to information ethics in which he has innumerable publications
in many languages. Books include: Information: Ein Beitrag zur etymologischen
und ideengeschichtlichen Begründung des Informationsbegriffs 1978,
der Fachinformation 1986, Leben im Informationszeitalter 1995
and Messages and Messengers. Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology
of Communication 2011 (co-edited with John Holgate).
Eldred trained as a mathematician at Sydney University, then gaining
a doctorate in philosophy, where he has numerous publications in several
languages in the areas of phenomenology and socio-political philosophy.
Books include Critique of Competitive
Freedom and the Bourgeois-Democratic State: Outline of a Form-Analytic
Extension of Marx's Uncompleted System 1984, Phänomenologie
der Männlichkeit 1999, Capital
and Technology: Marx and Heidegger 2000, Social
Ontology: Recasting Political Philosophy Through a Phenomenology of Whoness
2008 and The Digital Cast of Being: Metaphysics,
Mathematics, Cartesianism, Cybernetics, Capitalism, Communication
Nagel is a solicitor in Stuttgart whose work focuses on legal issues
around the internet and digital technologies. He is a member of the Jean
Monnet European Centre of Excellence, University of Leeds and studied law
at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Innsbruck and at Leeds
University. Recent publications include 'Beware of the Virtual Doll: ISPs
and the Protection of Personal Data of Minors' 2011 and 'IPv 6 and Data
Protection: Personalized Surfing with its Dangers for the Private Sphere'
2011 (in German).