Announcement: “Integrating Intelligence Theory with Philosophy”

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The Taylor & Francis journal Intelligence and National Security has published a special issue “Integrating Intelligence Theory with Philosophy” that may be of interest to SERRC readers. The issue contains work by Giangiuseppe Pili. Professor Pili has published in the SERRC—please refer to “The Missing Dimension—Intelligence and Social Epistemology” (2021)—in an exchange with Seumas Miller—please refer to “Rethinking the Just Intelligence Theory of National Security Intelligence Collection and Analysis: Principles of Discrimination, Necessity, Proportionality and Reciprocity” (2021) and “Reply to Giangiuseppe Pili’s “The Missing Dimension—Intelligence and Social Epistemology” (2021). In addition, please refer to Michael T. Collins’s “Civil Service Intelligence Ethics: A Reply to Miller’s “Rethinking the Just Intelligence Theory of National Security Intelligence Collection and Analysis.” (2021) and Seumas Miller’s “National Security Intelligence Ethics: Reply to Michael T. Collins” (2021).

The abstract to the special issue follows:

The purpose of this Special Issue is to integrate intelligence theory within philosophy, an amalgamation absent from prior collective efforts to provide intelligence studies with a complete theoretical dimension. This integration is crucial, as not only is philosophy unavoidable, in its focus on first order knowledge, but in its absence intelligence theory is diminished. The special issue intends to amplify the theoretical endeavour of intelligence studies to the betterment of the exploration of conceptual as well as empirical spaces in intelligence as a field and phenomenon. By integrating intelligence theory into philosophy and creating branch of philosophy concerning itself with the nature and purpose of intelligence, as well as its foundations and implications, the field immediately benefits from that discipline’s rich and expansive diachronic debates, concepts, and skills. As a modern discipline intelligence study did not develop a branch of philosophy as found with more traditional fields (i.e. the philosophy of law,education, science and so on). As such, the discipline rests upon several embedded foundational truisms and assumptions that go uncontested. The integrating of intelligence theory into philosophy will elevate the pursuit of knowledge on intelligence and ensure an ongoing conversation to the enrichment of the study of intelligence.

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