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Information 2013, 4(1), 33-59; doi:10.3390/info4010033
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Semantic Information and the Trivialization of Logic: Floridi on the Scandal of Deduction

Department of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, 44121, Italy
Received: 19 November 2012 / Accepted: 27 December 2012 / Published: 11 January 2013
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Abstract

In this paper we discuss Floridi’s views concerning semantic information in the light of a recent contribution (in collaboration with the present author) [1] that defies the traditional view of deductive reasoning as “analytic” or “tautological” and construes it as an informative, albeit non-empirical, activity. We argue that this conception paves the way for a more realistic notion of semantic information where the “ideal agents” that are assumed by the standard view can be indefinitely approximated by real ones equipped with growing computational resources.
Keywords: semantic information; Cohen–Nagel paradox; tractability; analytic-synthetic distinction semantic information; Cohen–Nagel paradox; tractability; analytic-synthetic distinction
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D'Agostino, M. Semantic Information and the Trivialization of Logic: Floridi on the Scandal of Deduction. Information 2013, 4, 33-59.

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