PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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The Semantics Latent in Shannon Information

The lore is that standard information theory provides an analysis of information quantity, but not of information content. I argue this lore is incorrect, that there is an adequate informational semantics latent in standard theory. The roots of this notion of content can be traced to the secret parallel development of an information theory equivalent to Shannon’s by Turing at Bletchley Park, and it has been suggested independently in recent work by Skyrms and Bullinaria & Levy. This paper explicitly articulates the semantics latent in information theory and defends it as an adequate theory of content. I demonstrate that this theory suggests a new perspective on the classic misrepresentation worry for information-based semantics.

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Alistair Isaac    
Philosophy
University of Edinburgh

 

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