The Metaphilosophy of Information

Minds and Machines 17 (3):331-344 (2007)
Abstract
This article mounts a defence of Floridi’s theory of strongly semantic information against recent independent objections from Fetzer and Dodig-Crnkovic. It is argued that Fetzer and Dodig-Crnkovic’s objections result from an adherence to a redundant practice of analysis. This leads them to fail to accept an informational pluralism, as stipulated by what will be referred to as Shannon’s Principle, and the non-reductionist stance. It is demonstrated that Fetzer and Dodig-Crnkovic fail to acknowledge that Floridi’s theory of strongly semantic information captures one of our deepest and most compelling intuitions regarding informativeness as a basic notion. This modal intuition will be referred to as the contingency requirement on informativeness. It will be demonstrated that its clarification validates the theory of strongly semantic information as a novel, and non ad hoc solution to the Bar-Hillel-Carnap semantic paradox.
Keywords Analysis   Bar-Hillel   Bar-Hillel-Carnap semantic paradox   Carnap   Classical semantic information   Contingency requirement on informativeness   Floridi   Information   Informativeness   Non-reductionist stance   Shannon's principle   Strongly semantic information
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