PhiloWeb 2010: First International Web and Philosophy Symposium

Description: The Web as we know it exists thanks to the interplay of many disciplines and schools of thought. Philosophy, as betoken the many references to formal semantics, ontology, the question of identity and meaning, or proper names in the architecture of the Web, has played a major part in its advancement even though too few philosophers are aware of this fact. Our ambition is to shed light on this dynamic in order to foster future collaborations between philosophers, computer scientists and engineers and eventually shape a new discipline with its own research programme.

Hence, PhiloWeb 2010, a joint multidisciplinary effort between University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and INRIA that will take place in Paris (France) on Saturday October 16 2010, would like to play a foundational role in helping to define what a genuine Philosophy of the Web would be. 

Schedule: A video of Bernard Stiegler reflecting on the very notion of a "philosophy of the Web" will be released before the symposium and serve as its introduction. The symposium itself includes presentations by both scholars in philosophy and computer science and engineers. At the end of the day, an art exhibition will take place ; a way to reexamine the various topics discussed from another point of view.





Towards a Philosophy of the Web. 


Bernard Stiegler’s talk will be released on the symposium’s Website, before the beginning of the conference.



October 16 2010,



Amphi Gestion


8h15-8h30: Introduction 

Alexandre Monnin



I. The Web and computer ontologies: new experimental question for philosophy?

Chair: Bert Bos (W3C)


08h30-09h15Are Web ontologies formalizations of previously existing conceptualizations or an opportunity to contrive new concepts? Are we making our way toward an experimental metaphysics or even techno-metaphysical inventions?Bruno Bachimont (UTC & INA)

09h15-10h00Ontology shifted from entities to operationsPierre Livet(University Aix-Marseille I) 



10h00-10h15: Pause



II. Objects, Reference and Cognition.

 Chair : Alexandre Monnin (University Panthéon – Sorbonne, Paris 1)


10h15-11h00What is a digital object?Yuk Hui (Goldsmiths, University of London) 

11h00-11h45Are URIs actually names?Henry Thompson (University ofEdinburgh)

11h45-12h30Artificial Intelligence versus Collective Intelligence: The Hidden
Philosophical Lineage of the Web
Harry Halpin (University of Edinburgh & W3C)



12h30-14h00: Lunch



III. Web of data or documents?

Chair: Freddy Limpens (INRIA Sophia Antipolis)


14h00-14h30: (Presentation of the Web of Data), Henry Story 

14h30-15h15 : Webmarks: revisiting the notion of bookmarks toward contextualized reference on the web,  Nicolas Delaforge (INRIA Sophia Antipolis)

15h15-16h00 : Philosophy and the Social WebHenry Story


16h00-16h15: Pause





IV. Words and things on the Web.

Chair: Harry Halpin (University of Edinburgh & W3C)


16h15-17h00: From ontological structure to semantic lexical structure: the case of institutional entities, Alexandra Arapinis (IHPST, University Panthéon – Sorbonne Paris 1) 

17h00-17h45 : An ontology of the Web? From words and things to URIsand resources: the Web as a mediator of philosophical questionsAlexandre Monnin (University Panthéon – Sorbonne Paris 1, CNAM, IRI)



V. Tools and society.

 Chair: Bruno Bachimont (UTC & INA) 


17h45-18h30From folksonomies to ontologies: proposal of a socio-technical solutionFreddy Limpens (INRIA Sophia Antipolis)

18h30-18h45: Pause



18h45-19h45: Roundtable


19h45-19h55: Conclusion of the day 

Christiane Chauviré 


19h55-20h00: Farewell Address 

Alexandre Monnin


20h00-21h00: Art Exhibition 

Eric Schrijver

Sponsors: Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Collège des Ecoles Doctorales, Ecole Doctorale, PHICO, EXeCO), INRIA sophia Antipolis (Edelweiss).

Support: W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), IRI (Institut de recherche et d'Innovation), IACAP (International Association for Computing and Philosophy), IAOA (International Association for Ontology and its Applications).

Participation: PhiloWeb 2010 is a free event that anyone can attend.


Contact: alexandre.monnin[at]



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