Philosophy of Science 83 (1):131-151 (2016)

Michaelis Michael
University of New South Wales
Nir Fresco
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Floridi’s Theory of Strongly Semantic Information posits the Veridicality Thesis. One motivation is that it can serve as a foundation for information-based epistemology being an alternative to the tripartite theory of knowledge. However, the Veridicality thesis is false, if ‘information’ is to play an explanatory role in human cognition. Another motivation is avoiding the so-called Bar-Hillel/Carnap paradox. But this paradox only seems paradoxical, if ‘information’ and ‘informativeness’ are synonymous, logic is a theory of inference, or validity suffices for rational inference; a, b, and c are false.
Keywords Information  Veridicality Thesis  Floridi  Bar-Hillel and Carnap  Semantic Information  Inverse Relationship Principle  Cognitive Science  Information Processing
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