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Title: The metaphysics of information
Author: Stoute, Dick A.
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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The etymology of the term "information" suggests that it has evolved from the term "form" and a theory of perception in which thoughts are in-formed of the external environment. I briefly trace this conceptual evolution and draw from it the concept that information is the form conveyed by data. I then examine, in some detail, the concepts that accompanied the "information revolution" that started just after the Second World War when technology was developed which greatly facilitated information communication and processing. Several claims about information by more recent contributors are examined before I take an overview that seeks to group some of these into a coherent theory of what information is and how we are informed of the world. I argue that while, generally speaking, philosophers rely on argument to support their views and scientists relies on experimental verification to support their theory, there is an area of research in which synthetic models based on scientific findings can be proposed and analysed to get a better understanding of information.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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