Abstraction, Law, and Freedom in Computer Science

Timothy R Colburn, Gary Shute

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2 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPutting Information First
Subtitle of host publicationLuciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781444338676
StatePublished - Apr 27 2011


  • Computer science, creating its own subject matter - programs, algorithms, data structures
  • Computer science, interaction patterns - among computational abstractions
  • Concept of "law" in scientific - rather than the legal, sense
  • Concept of law in computer science - and modern epistemology
  • Floridi's idea of a gradient of abstractions - a goa constructed from a set of moderated loas
  • Flow metaphor, pervasive - finding its way into systems programming
  • Interplay of freedom and constraint
  • Luciano floridi's work in philosophy of information - role of law in computer science
  • Methodology, abstraction, law and freedom - in computer science
  • Ultimate nature of computational reality - being, of course, informational

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