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Proceedings 2017, 1(3), 97; doi:10.3390/IS4SI-2017-03961

Ontology or Epistemology: A Debate on the Philosophical Implication of Information

School of Marxism, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065, China
Presented at the IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12–16 June 2017.
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Published: 8 June 2017
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Abstract

Whether in the nearly 40 years’ researches on Chinese Philosophy of Information (PI), or in the conversation between Chinese and Western PI, there has always been a fundamental topic, which is the discussion or definition about the philosophic nature of information, focusing on whether philosophical meaning of information is a “ontological” concept or not, and how could it be possible to become into an issue of ontology. Is there “objective information” (“information-in-itself”) and how to establish a world of “binary-unity of matter and information”? How could the information be possible to exist in the ontological sense, or how to establish the ontological status of information? Is “Ontological information” a kind of “ontological informationalism” or “Pan-informationalism”? etc. It is of great significance for the study on PI to sort out and reconsider these arguments.
Keywords: philosophy of information; ontological information; epistemological information; information-in-itself philosophy of information; ontological information; epistemological information; information-in-itself
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Dai, J.; He, H. Ontology or Epistemology: A Debate on the Philosophical Implication of Information. Proceedings 2017, 1, 97.

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