Structuralism and information

Metaphilosophy 41 (3):365-379 (2010)
Abstract
Abstract: According to Luciano Floridi (2008) , informational structural realism provides a framework to reconcile the two main versions of realism about structure: the epistemic formulation (according to which all we can know is structure) and the ontic version (according to which structure is all there is). The reconciliation is achieved by introducing suitable levels of abstraction and by articulating a conception of structural objects in information-theoretic terms. In this essay, I argue that the proposed reconciliation works at the expense of realism. I then propose an alternative framework, in terms of partial structures, that offers a way of combining information and structure in a realist setting while still preserving the distinctive features of the two formulations of structural realism. Suitably interpreted, the proposed framework also makes room for an empiricist form of informational structuralism (structural empiricism). Pluralism then emerges.
Keywords French  Ladyman  information  structural realism  Floridi  van Fraassen  structural empiricism
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2010.01641.x
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,106
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
The Scientific Image.C. Van Fraassen Bas - 1980 - Oxford University Press.
Mathematics as a Science of Patterns.D. Resnik Michael - 1997 - New York ;Oxford University Press.
What is Structural Realism?J. Ladyman - 1998 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 29 (3):409-424.

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Do Objects Depend on Structures?J. Wolff - 2012 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63 (3):607-625.
Mathematical Structural Realism.Chris Pincock - 2011 - In Alisa Bokulich & Peter Bokulich (eds.), Scientific Structuralism.
Mathematical Structural Realism.Author unknown - manuscript
Structure: Its Shadow and Substance.C. van Fraassen Bas - 2006 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 57 (2):275-307.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2010-04-20

Total downloads

143 ( #33,268 of 2,171,776 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #117,927 of 2,171,776 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums