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International Journal of Applied Research on Information Technology and Computing
Year : 2010, Volume : 1, Issue : 2
First page : ( 233) Last page : ( 239)
Print ISSN : 0975-8070. Online ISSN : 0975-8089.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.0975-8070.1.2.018

On the Relevance of Angeletics and Hermeneutics for Information Technology1

Capurro Rafaela, Takenouchi Tadashib, Kawasaki Leslie M. Tkachb, Iitaka Toshikazub

aSteinbeis Hochschule Berlin, E-Mail: rafael@capurro.de, Steinbeis-Transfer-Institute Information Ethics (STI-IE) (Germany), http://sti-ie.de.

bResearch Group on the Information Society (ReGIS), Tsukuba University (Japan), http://www.logos.tsukuba.ac.jp/~nakada/regis/, Tadashi Takenouchi E-Mail: alpha@cosmo.nifty.jp.

1The text is based on an interview, which goes back to the workshop ‘Information Technology and Hermeneutics‘ organized by the Research Group on the Information Society (ReGIS), Tsukuba University (Japan) in June 5-7, 2003: http://www.logos.tsukuba.ac.jp/~nakada/regis/. The questions were posed by members of ReGIS, namely: Tadashi Takenouchi, Leslie M. Tkach Kawasaki, and Toshikazu Iitaka.


This paper deals with the relevance of ‘angeletics’ (from Greek ‘angelía’ = message) or message theory and hermeneutics or theory of interpretation for information technology. In the first paragraph the difference between the concepts of ‘information’ and ‘message’ is explained. Different information concepts have given rise to the so-called “Capurro's trilemma” which is briefly explained in the second paragraph. The power of selecting information from a message becomes a challenge for present democracies facing digital globalization. International regulations are needed no less than “technologies of the self” (M. Foucault). Angeletics is the implicit foundation of hermeneutics as explained in the next paragraph. We live in message societies which means that the ethics of traditional mass media are not enough for dealing with the new technological and societal challenges. The last paragraph opens a dialogue with Régis Debray's “médiologie” and envisages the future task of empirical angeletics.



hermeneutics, information technology, angeletics, postmodern, ethics.


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