Deflating the deflationary view of information

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Lombardi, Olimpia; Fortin, Sebastian; López, Cristian
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In the field of the philosophy of physics, Christopher Timpson has published several works where he accurately designs an interpretation of the technical concept of information. In particular, he 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 Timpson’s proposal. Moreover we propose a strategy opposed to that of Timpson: instead of deflating the meaning of ‘information’, we embrace a pluralist stance, which recognizes the legitimacy of different interpretations of the concept of information, not mutually exclusive and each useful in a specific context.