Lorenzo Magnani

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There is a general agreement about the need of identifying a high-level conceptual design in knowledge-based systems that is behind the implementation. A number of perspectives for understanding knowledge-based systems at this high level has been proposed. Major examples of these perspectives are based on the concepts of heuristic classification,(More)
This paper analyzes the impact of new technologies on a range of practices related to activism. The first section shows how the functioning of democratic institutions can be impaired by scarce political accountability connected with the emergence of moral hazard; the second section displays how cyberactivism can improve the transparency of political(More)
What I call theoretical abduction (sentential and model-based) certainly illustrates much of what is important in abductive reasoning, especially the objective of selecting and creating a set of hypotheses that are able to dispense good (preferred) explanations of data, but fails to account for many cases of explanations occurring in science or in everyday(More)
Yes, I strongly contend that knowledge is a duty and that we have to ‘‘respect people as things’’ and, after having read the review of my book Morality in a Technological World: Knowledge as Duty (Cambridge University Press 2007), where I explain that position (cf. Minds and Machines 19:2, 297–299), I am even more convinced that my claim (and so my(More)
First of all I will illustrate in this paper that some typical internal abductive processes are involved in chance discovery and production (for example through radical innovations). Nevertheless, especially concrete manipulations of the external world constitute a fundamental passage in chance discovery: by a process of manipulative abduction it is(More)