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

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Fundamentality in Physics: The case of Information

Developments in quantum information theory, and to some extent in thinking about quantum theory itself, has lent impetus to the idea that the concept of information has a more fundamental role to play in physics than traditionally recognised; indeed, that information might in some important sense itself be fundamental. But what does it mean for something to be fundamental? To help answer this I will distinguish ontological, nomological, and explanatory fundamentality. It is straightforward that information is not ontologically fundamental; but the questions of nomological and explanatory fundamentality are more subtle to settle.

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Chris Timpson    
Faculty of Philosophy
University of Oxford


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