"RULES AND VALUES.
NEW DIGITAL EPISTEMOLOGY PROJECT"
is an interdisciplinary multimedia project aimed at providing environmental
distance learning and strategic coordination of various topics related
to the classic European philosophy of early twentieth - century.
is also a historical reconstruction of the science which came out of the
interdisciplinary research of the Circle of Vienna, known as "Encyclopedia
of the Unified Sciences". This research has led to the development of a
section aimed at studying Austrian philosophy is the main reference point
for the project.
is divided into three sections:
1 - Research
2 - Education
3 - Open and distance learning
which in standards for norms and values; it will last for 2 years;it
is an operational research for a new digital epistemology.
The project is part of the Pact of Stability for the Balkans. This project
came into being in December 2000 at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the
University of Tirana. The Dean of the University of Tirana has made himself
available to carry out the project of distance learning, particularly in
relation to environmental education. This subject can include a series
of disciplines which are not directly related to natural sciences. I refer
to the implications of theoretical
philosophy, political philosophy and
philosophy of law that this project is likely to deal with. Professor Ylli
Pango has decided to work with me on a subject which is of great interest
for the University of Tirana: the theoretical description of logical
constructivism as a general point of reference for an analysis aimed
at describing the concept of political ethics.
This concept of political ethics also includes a critical
and historic description of the concept of environment. The philosophy
of environment is not well known in Albania but in Europe in came into
being during the second half of the XIX century in Germany and was further
developed by various US universities where it is now mainly studied within
the context of moral philosophy and even religious philosophy. In some
universities it is studied within the context of ecology.
Our project places environmental
philosophy and education in a secular context and provides for an epistemological
study of the disciplines which are interested in constructing this new
way of conceptualize the greatest problem of our times: environment. The
strategy of the environmental philosophy builds an interdisciplinary, logical,
epistemological and philosophical relationship between biology, physics,
chemistry, medicine, mathematics, economics and history of natural science.
is project of theoretical philosophy and logical-mathematical philosophy
and describes contributions to philosophy of logic (for non- inferential
knowledge, non-classical propositional logics), philosophy of science,
philosophy of mathematics and computer science.
bring together a textbook a range of topics in logic, many of topics in
logic, many of them of relatively recent origin, including modal, conditional,
intuitionist, many-valued, relevant and fuzzy logics. The material is unified
by the underlying theme of world semantics.
will interest those studying logic, those who need to know about non-classical
logics because of their philosophical importance and those working in mathematics
and computer science who wish to know more about the area. Student with
a basic understanding classical logic will find this an invaluable introduction
to an area that has become of central importance in both logic and philosophy.
will interest those studying epistemology, and more widely, new epistemology.
The death-of-epistemology movement has some affinities with the call for
a "naturalized" approach to knowledge. The time has come to abandon such
traditional projects are futing the skeptics by showing how empirical knowledge
at large. How retinal stimulations cause to respond with increasingly complex
sentences about events in the environment. Epistemology should be transformed
into a branch of natural science, specifically experimental psychology.
This is very important question. But fi this is how "naturalized" epistemology
develops, then for the death - o - epistemology theorist, its claims will
open up a new field for theoretical diagnosis.
analyses the rules and the values which must govern the new digital epistemology.
The historical reconstruction of the disciplines is a methodological and
scientific must in order to develop new concepts which are a function of
the science to be created. The University of L'Aquila, since 1988, has
organized research and scientific dissemination in an interdisciplinary,
interfaculty fashion by financing projects involving various departments
of the same university and other universities.
The University has stressed, for each project, the role
of it has promoting computerized teaching. Unlike other large institutions
that carry out scientific research, Italian Universities deal with teaching
methods and therefore has to provide facilities and resources to be used
for distance learning as well. The University of L'Aquila, in 1991, received
the support of the Telespazio, ESA, SIP-Telecom and RAI to carry out experiments
on interactive videoconference within the context of the OLYMPUS PROGRAMME.
The Faculty of Humanities
and Philosophy, more specifically the Department of Compared Cultures,
is putting forward this project aimed at creating a new logic and is working
with other faculties like the Faculty of Education Sciences, the Faculty
of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences as well as the Faculties
of Engineering and Medicine although these last two have not formally joined
the project. However, they have always carried out experiments on distance
learning and have organized a course for their students to enable them
to attain the European Certificate of Computer Studies. The person who
coordinates the European Certificate of Computer Studies is Professor Paola
The University of Rome
3 has joined this project and Professor Giuseppe Traversa of the Department
of Economics of the Faculty of Political Sciences has offered to study
costs and benefits of laws and rules. Professor Traversa has divided this
into bureaucratic and economic processes. The bureaucratic process is the
transfer from general laws to internal regulations and then onto formal
control of appropriate behavior. This process specifies and guarantees
"good behavior" and reasonable results for the entire community. The economic
process is the transfer from strategic plan to program and budget, and
then onto evaluation of results. This process guarantees some results:
goals which have to be evaluated in terms of costs and return for the entire
The philosophy of politics and law can offer methodologies,
arguments and logics to the philosophy of environment in order to build
new knowledge-based standards.The link between economics and other disciplines
is the new path to follow with this project by identifying objects and
aims which each individual researcher wants to identify and use. Biology,
physics and chemistry are disciplines governed by mathematics and by the
geometry of fractals. The European legislation has to be one of the objects
of environmental ethics. It will be interesting to make a comparison between
the theses of the various work sections in order to describe new parameters
and new methodologies. Wittgenstein's philosophy is strategical for aesthetics
and ethics of the environment. The project provides for safeguards for
all participants who will be working on the Net and for the production
of multimedia materials.
London, 21 February 2001