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The Chinese philosophy of information by Kun Wu

Tianqi Wu (Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China)
Kaiyan Da (Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 14 January 2021

Issue publication date: 24 June 2021




By introducing the basic concepts and theories of the philosophy of information created by Kun Wu, and making some comparisons of the philosophy of information and related information theories between Wu and other scholars, this paper aims to have Chinese philosophy of information widely known and understood by more people in the world, thus promoting the international exchanges between Chinese and Western scholars on the topic of philosophy of information.


The main research methods used in this paper are the literature review and the comparative study. On the one hand, it reviews some related concepts and theories in Kun Wu's academic works of philosophy of information. On the other hand, it compares the thoughts and viewpoints of Kun Wu with those of other scholars.


First, Kun Wu is the first person who has established a complete and comprehensive theoretical system of philosophy of information in China; second, Kun Wu's philosophy of information is significant in originality and value, which could be thought as the intellectual quintessence of information age, thus worth learning. Third, with more international exchanges, Chinese philosophy of information created by Wu will surely be more and more influential in philosophical circles at home and abroad.


It is a very valuable first-hand material for Western scholars to know and understand Chinese philosophy of information.



The authors would like to thank Professor Kun Wu for his invaluable feedback on the contents. They also wish to thank the editors and reviewers for their constructive suggestions and comments.Funding: The research of this article is granted by Major Program of National Fund of Philosophy and Social Science of China “History, Current Situation and Future of Philosophy of Information” (No. 18ZDA027).


Wu, T. and Da, K. (2021), "The Chinese philosophy of information by Kun Wu", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 77 No. 4, pp. 871-886.



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