2. The Value of knowledge and the Pursuit of Survival

  1. Patrick Allo
  1. Sherrilyn Roush

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396836.ch2

Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information

Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information

How to Cite

Roush, S. (2011) The Value of knowledge and the Pursuit of Survival, in Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information (ed P. Allo), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396836.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. University of California, Berkeley, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 APR 2011

Book Series:

  1. Metaphilosophy Series in Philosophy

Book Series Editors:

  1. Armen T. Marsoobian,
  2. Brian J. Huschle and
  3. Eric Cavallero

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338676

Online ISBN: 9781444396836

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Keywords:

  • knowledge, value and pursuit of survival;
  • externalist views of what knowledge - why knowledge is more valuable than mere true belief;
  • value problem, or “swamping problem” - property of truth of the belief;
  • ascription of counterfactual, a belief - “current time-slice” views, in Alvin Goldman's terminology;
  • love, a case where the counterfactual - enhances an intrinsic kind of value;
  • signaling games and repeated play - what David Lewis called a “Signaling Game”;
  • possibility of stable convergence - a payoff possibility, reflecting common interests;
  • true belief game as a signaling game - receiver's payoffs, the worst and the best;
  • Nash Equilibria and ESS - in the True-Belief Signaling Game;
  • understatement among human beings - ESS applicability, results not being universal

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Signaling Games and Repeated Play

  • The True Belief Game as a Signaling Game

  • Nash Equilibria and ESS in the True-Belief Signaling Game

  • The Value of Knowledge

  • Appendix

  • Acknowledgments

  • References