Knowing that p and knowing that p is true

October 31st, 2013

I am inclined to think that externalist accounts of knowledge such as Dretske’s and Nozick’s lead to a distinction between knowing that p and knowing that p is true. A recent paper prompted me to write a response in which I try to explicate this idea. Does it sound plausible?

Information, Knowledge & Intelligence

October 15th, 2013

New article over at Philosophy Now: http://philosophynow.org/issues/98/Information_Knowledge_and_Intelligence

Information-Theoretic Death

August 3rd, 2013

Was watching an episode of Futurama, which led me to look up cryonics, which led me to discover the concept of information-theoretic death.

R.I.P. Fred Dretske

July 25th, 2013

The legendary epistemologist, who was a central figure in bringing the concept of information into philosophy, has sadly passed away.

As a search for ‘Dretske’ on this blog will reveal, his work has been a major influence on my research and features heavily in my thesis.

Here is some information on Dretske at ‘New APPS’: http://www.newappsblog.com/2013/07/fred-dretske-1932-2013.html

The Gettier Case

July 13th, 2013

A couple of recent articles on the Gettier case:

Semantic Information and the Trivialization of Logic: Floridi on the Scandal of Deduction

May 17th, 2013

http://www.mdpi.com/2078-2489/4/1/33

Google scholar entry

May 14th, 2013

http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=hXEZnsUAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra

The Logic of Knowledge and the Flow of Information

March 15th, 2013

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11023-013-9310-x

Abstract: In this paper I look at Fred Dretske’s account of information and knowledge as developed in Knowledge and The Flow of Information. In particular, I translate Dretske’s probabilistic definition of information to a modal logical framework and subsequently use this to explicate the conception of information and its flow which is central to his account, including the notions of channel conditions and relevant alternatives. Some key products of this task are an analysis of the issue of information closure and an investigation into some of the logical properties of Dretske’s account of information flow.

Fifth Workshop on the Philosophy of Information

February 27th, 2013

http://socphilinfo.org/workshops/wpi5

Year 2038 Problem

February 15th, 2013

I have recently been dealing with Unix timestamps and whilst doing some reading up on them became aware of the Year 2038 Problem; interesting enough to warrant a mention in a blog post I thought.