the problem of interpretting our knowledge in order to take action
Umberto Eco, particularly the ideas and themes in The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum
The primary inspiration was a poem called Pangur Bán which was written by a twelfth century Irish monk living in Germany.
My regular readers will note that I am fond of monastic orders as a setting, and a number of my works take place in monasteries whose religious interdictions are
quite different from those of the real world. The monks of this story inhabit the 24th century setting I invented, in which a government
called the Hegemony uses robotic drones to track down and destroy literature and philosophy. The monks of this story have a treasure trove of literature,
which is defended by a menagerie of cyborg cats capable of hunting and destroying the drones.