Information in the Study of Human Interaction. / Devlin, Keith; Rosenberg, Duska.

Elsevier Science Publishers: Handbook of Philosophy of Science. ed. / Pieter Adriaans; Johan van Benthem. Vol. 8 1. ed. North-Holland, 2008. p. 685 - 709 (Handbook of Philosophy of Science).

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  • Keith Devlin
  • Duska Rosenberg

Abstract

This chapter describes one way that information - as a conceptual entity - may be used (by an analyst, as a tool) in a study of human interaction. (Actually, most of what we say will apply to interaction in general, for instance human- machine interaction, but our examples will be taken from human interaction.) The "analyst" here may be a professional social scientist (as is the case for our main technical example), or could be an ordinary person trying to make sense of a particular interaction. When applied to such latter cases, our article also provides insight into much of the common talk about "information" that takes place in today's "information society", and in that way our essay can be viewed as an analysis of the rational structure that lies behind (and is implicit in) the modern, information-oriented view of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElsevier Science Publishers
Subtitle of host publicationHandbook of Philosophy of Science
EditorsPieter Adriaans, Johan van Benthem
Place of PublicationNorth-Holland
Pages685 - 709
Number of pages24
Volume8
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-444-51726-5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

Publication series

NameHandbook of Philosophy of Science
PublisherElsevier
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