July 1, 2013
We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. Out of a field that included some highly interesting and solid work, one applicant’s submission stood out strongly. We are granting this year’s award to Steve McKinlay of Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia, based on his dissertation proposal, titled, “Information Ethics and the Problem of Reference.” McKinlay’s dissertation argues that information is best understood through a concept of reference, as opposed to Floridi’s notion of information as a category of reality, and that this conception has important implications for information ethics, especially regarding the treatment of “information objects.” We admire the clarity of McKinlay’s writing and find his statement to be an important one, and are pleased to grant him the award. The award consists of a certificate suitable for framing and $1000 check.
Since this award is for ongoing research, other applicants who are still working on their dissertations will be eligible to enter their work next year, and we strongly encourage them to do so.
For more information about the award, please visit http://litwinbooks.com/award.php.
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