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Shell games, information, and counterfactuals

Australasian Journal of Philosophy , Volume 86 (4): 629-634 – Dec 1, 2008

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Routledge
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© 2008 Informa plc
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0004-8402
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10.1080/00048400802215448
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Shell games, information, and counterfactuals

Abstract

Cohen and Meskin 2006 have recently proposed a novel counterfactual account of information. I argue that it is a step down from its intended target, namely Dretske's 1981 theory of information. Thinking of the information carried by signals in terms of counterfactuals leads to falsely diagnosing bona fide instances of information transmission as not being instances of information transmission at all, with major loss of explanatory power.
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