Further to Luciano Floridi: Information has been the Cinderella of philosophy, reader Mario Lopez writes to mention,
I gave a short review of William Dembski’s Being as Communion in Amazon where I warn the reader not to confuse his ideas with Floridi’s Informational Structural Realism. Here is a short quote to give you an idea of Floridi’s position:
Informational realism (IR) is a version of SR. As a form of realism, it is committed to the existence of a mind-independent reality. Like ESR, it supports a first-order, minimal ontological commitment in favour of the structural properties of reality. Like OSR, it also supports a second-order, minimal ontological commitment in favour of objects understood informationally.
For those of you not familiar with these concepts. Structuralism Realism comes in two varieties, Ontic (OSR) and Epistemic (ESR). I recommend the work of James Ladyman, “Everything Must Go” and John Warrall’s “Structural Realism: The Best of Both Worlds?” (pdf).
Floridi’s paper is here.
One suspects that attempts to incorporate information into naturalism will face the same fate, more or less, as attempts to square the circle. Even if we can prove it won’t work, people who need it to work just press on.
See also: Luciano Floridi: Information has been the Cinderella of philosophy “We have always relied on Cinderella working hard in the house of philosophy. It is time to acknowledge her great services.”
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