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dc.contributor.authorFloridi, L.
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-08T16:29:10Z
dc.date.available2013-01-08T16:29:10Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationFloridi , L 2010 , ' Information, possible worlds and the cooptation of scepticism ' , Synthese , vol. 175 , no. 1 , pp. 63-88 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-010-9736-0
dc.identifier.issn0039-7857
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 186568
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dc.identifier.otherdspace: 2299/4865
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 77956132965
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/9510
dc.description“The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com”. Copyright Springer
dc.description.abstractThe article investigates the sceptical challenge from an information-theoretic perspective. Its main goal is to articulate and defend the view that either informational scepticism is radical, but then it is epistemologically innocuous because redundant; or it is moderate, but then epistemologically beneficial because useful. In order to pursue this cooptation strategy, the article is divided into seven sections. Section 1 sets up the problem. Section 2 introduces Borel numbers as a convenient way to refer uniformly to (the data that individuate) different possible worlds. Section 3 adopts the Hamming distance between Borel numbers as a metric to calculate the distance between possible worlds. In Sects. 4 and 5, radical and moderate informational scepticism are analysed using Borel numbers and Hamming distances, and shown to be either harmless (extreme form) or actually fruitful (moderate form). Section 6 further clarifies the approach by replying to some potential objections. In the conclusion, the Peircean nature of the overall approach is briefly discussed.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofSynthese
dc.subjectBorel numbers
dc.subjectHamming distance
dc.subjectInformational scepticism
dc.subjectLevenshtein distance
dc.subjectSemantic information
dc.titleInformation, possible worlds and the cooptation of scepticismen
dc.contributor.institutionPhilosophy
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Humanities
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
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