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The Philosophy of Information$
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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232383.001.0001

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Against digital ontology

Against digital ontology

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(p.316) 14 Against digital ontology
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The Philosophy of Information
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Luciano Floridi (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232383.003.0014

Human agents share with other informational agents a reality made of information. In this chapter, it is argued that digital ontology, according to which the ultimate nature of reality is digital, and the universe is a computational system equivalent to a Turing machine, should be rejected in favour of an informational ontology, according to which the ultimate nature of reality is structural. Digital and analogue are only ways in which reality is experienced or conceptualized by an epistemic agent at a given level of abstraction. A preferable alternative is provided by an informational approach to structural realism, according to which knowledge of the world is knowledge of its structures. The most reasonable ontological commitment turns out to be in favour of an interpretation of reality as the totality of structures dynamically interacting with each other.

Keywords:   analogue, continuous, digital, digital ontology, digital physics, discrete, informational ontology, informational structural realism, Kant's antinomies, structural realism

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