Information is a recognized fundamental notion across the sciences and humanities, which is crucial to understanding physical computation, communication, and human cognition. The Philosophy of Information brings together the most important perspectives on information. It includes major technical approaches, while also setting out the historical backgrounds of information as well as its contemporary role in many academic fields. Also, special unifying topics are high-lighted that play across many fields, while we also aim at identifying relevant themes for philosophical reflection. There is no established area yet of Philosophy of Information, and this Handbook can help shape one, making sure it is well grounded in scientific expertise. As a side benefit, a book like this can facilitate contacts and collaboration among diverse academic milieus sharing a common interest in information.

Key Features

First overview of the formal and technical issues involved in the philosophy of information Integrated presentation of major mathematical approaches to information, form computer science, information theory, and logic Interdisciplinary themes across the traditional boundaries of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.


Researchers at the intersection of philosophy, computer science, informatics, logic, linguistics, cognitive science.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1a Editorial on the overall role of information, and the structure of this book (Editors) 1b Philosophy of Information: Concepts and History (P. Adriaans) 2 Philosophy and information 2a Epistemology and Information (F. Dretske) 2b Information and Philosophy of Language (J.Groenendijk, H. Kamp and M. Stokhof) 2c Modern Trends in Philosophy of Information (L. Floridi) 2d Philosophy of Learning (P. Adriaans) 3 Foundation, Major technical approaches 3a The Quantitative Theory of Information (F. Topsøe and P. Harremoës) 3b Logical Theories of Information (Johan van Benthem and Maricarmen Martinez) 3c Algorithmic Complexity (P. Grünwald and P. Vitanyi) 4 Informatics: Major themes in transforming/using information 4a Learning (K. Kelly) 4b Epistemic Logic and Information Update (A. Baltag, L. Moss and H. van Ditmarsch) 4c Information Structure and Belief Revision (H. Rott) 4d Information, Processes and Games (S. Abramsky) 4e Information and Beliefs in Game Theory (B. Walliser) 5 Information in the Sciences & Humanities 5a Information in Computer Science (J. M. Dunn) 5b The Physics of Information (S. Bais and D.Farmer) 5c Information in Social Science (K. Devlin and Duska Rosenberg) 5d Information in Artificial Intelligence (J. McCarthy) 5e Information and Cognitive Science (M. Boden) 5f Information in Biological Systems (J. Collier) 6 Epilogue, future perspectives and research directions (Editors)


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