Knowledge and the Flow of Information

Knowledge and the Flow of Information

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This book presents an attempt to develop a theory of knowledge and a 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 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.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 17mm | 390g
  • Stanford, United States
  • English
  • 74th Revised ed.
  • 20 b/w illus.
  • 157586195X
  • 9781575861951
  • 617,510

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Preface; 1. Communication theory; 2. Communication and information; 3. A semantic theory of information; 4. Knowledge; 5. The communication channel; 6. Sensation and perception; 7. Coding and content; 8. The structure of belief; 9. Concepts and meaning; Notes; Index.
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About Fred I. Dretske

Fred I. Dretske is Nbella and Eloise Maybury Knapp Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University.
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