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Information Theory

John Kulvicki

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9780199600472
Published online December 2013 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199600472.013.034

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Information Theory

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This chapter considers how information theory can be used as a tool for understanding perception. First, different accounts of information are compared with a focus on Dretske’s work because it has been the most influential in the study of perception. Second, tools are developed for applying information theory to perception, including channel conditions, nesting, and a distinction between primary and secondary information. Third, the chapter sketches accounts of the distinction between sensation and perception, the nature of sensible qualities and consciousness in relation to the problem of intentionality, and the objects of perception, in information-theoretic terms.

Keywords: information; intentionality; sensation; perception; nesting; Dretske

Article.  11283 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology

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