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.
Keywords Information  Shannon  Deflationary interpretation  Epistemic interpretation  Physical interpretation
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