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Knowledge and the Flow of Information

An attempt to develop a theory of knowledge and philosophy of mind using ideas derived from the mathematical theory of communication developed by Claude Shannon. Information is seen as an objective commodity defined by the dependency relations between distinct events. Knowledge is then analyzed as information caused belief. Perception is the delivery of information caused belief. Perception is the delivery of information in analog form (experience) for conceptual utilization by cognitive mechanisms. The final chapters attempt to develop a theory of meaning (or belief content) by viewing meaning as a certain kind of information-carrying role.

273 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1999

The David Hume Series

Language and Linguistics: Syntax and Semantics

Philosophy: Logic and Philosophy of Language


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
PART I. INFORMATION
Chapter 1: Communication Theory
Chapter 2: Communication and Information
Chapter 3: A Semantic Theory of Information
PART II. KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTION
Chapter 4: Knowledge
Chapter 5: The Communication Channel
Chapter 6: Sensation and Perception
PART III. MEANING AND BELIEF
Chapter 7: Coding and Content
Chapter 8: The Structure of Belief
Chapter 9: Concepts and Meaning
Notes
Index

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