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Prefiguring Floridi’s Theory of Semantic Information

Mingers, John (2013) Prefiguring Floridi’s Theory of Semantic Information. Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11 (2). ISSN 1726-670X. (doi:10.31269/vol11iss2pp388-401) (KAR id:34959)


Luciano Floridi has been very active in helping to develop both the philosophy of information as a discipline and an actual theory of the nature of semantic information. This paper has three purposes. First, is to demonstrate that Floridi’s information theory was largely prefigured by work carried out by Mingers and published some ten years earlier. This is simply a matter of setting the record straight, although the degree of commonality may provide some support for the theory. Second, to point out that there appears to be a degree of equivocation, or even contradiction, within Floridi’s theory concerning the ontological status of information – is it objective, independent of the receiver, or is it subjective, constructed by the receiver from the data they access? The paper argues strongly for an objective interpretation. Third, to point out extensions to Mingers’ theory in terms of the social and pragmatic aspects of language, the processing of information into meaning through embodied cognition, and the relation between information and different forms of knowledge.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.31269/vol11iss2pp388-401
Additional information: Available online via Open Access
Uncontrolled keywords: Autopoiesis, Embodied cognition, Information theory, Knowledge, Pragmatics, Semantic information, Theory of communicative action
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 11:44 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2023 11:32 UTC
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