Deflating the deflationary view of information
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Christopher Timpson proposes a deflationary view about information, according to which the term ‘information’ is an abstract noun and, as a consequence, information is not part of the material contents of the world. The main purpose of the present article consists in supplying a critical analysis of this proposal, which will lead us to conclude that information is an item even more abstract than what Timpson claims. From this view, we embrace a pluralist stance that recognizes the legitimacy of different interpretations of the concept of information.
KeywordsInformation Shannon Deflationary interpretation Epistemic interpretation Physical interpretation
We are extremely grateful to Jeffrey Bub for his stimulating comments about our work on information and for suggesting the title of this paper. We also want to thank Dennis Dieks for his constant encouragement. We are also very grateful to the anonymous reviewers, whose sharp comments contributed to improve the first version of this work. This paper was supported by a Large Grant of the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), and by a grant of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) of Argentina.
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