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Epistemology and the Structure of Language

Barrett, Jeffrey A. and LaCroix, Travis (2020) Epistemology and the Structure of Language. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We are concerned here with how structural properties of language may come to reflect features of the world in which it evolves. As a concrete example, we will consider how a simple term language might evolve to support the principle of indifference over state descriptions in that language. The point is not that one is justified in applying the principle of indifference to state descriptions in natural language. Instead, it is that one should expect a language that has evolved in the context of facilitating successful action to reflect probabilistic features of the world in which it evolved.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Barrett, Jeffrey A.j.barrett@uci.edu
LaCroix, Travistlacroix@uci.edu0000-0002-1724-3434
Keywords: Signalling games; natural kinds; informational bottlenecks; principle of indifference; problem of priors
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
General Issues > Computer Simulation
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Depositing User: Dr. Travis LaCroix
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 01:44
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 01:44
Item ID: 16844
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
General Issues > Computer Simulation
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16844

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