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Against Computational Perspectivalism

Coelho Mollo, Dimitri (2019) Against Computational Perspectivalism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Computational perspectivalism has been recently proposed as an alternative to mainstream accounts of physical computation, and especially to the teleologically-based mechanistic view. It takes physical computation to be partly dependent on explanatory perspectives, and eschews appeal to teleology in helping individuate computational systems. I assess several varieties of computational perspectivalism, showing that they either collapse into existing non-perspectival views; or end up with unsatisfactory or implausible accounts of physical computation. Computational perspectivalism fails therefore to be a compelling alternative to perspective-independent theories of computation in physical systems. I conclude that a teleologically-based, non-perspectival mechanistic account of physical computation is to be preferred.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Coelho Mollo, Dimitridimitricmollo@gmail.com0000-0002-0464-3535
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Computation
Specific Sciences > Computer Science
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Depositing User: Dr. Dimitri Coelho Mollo
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 12:00
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2019 12:00
Item ID: 16336
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axz036
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/bjps/axz036
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Computation
Specific Sciences > Computer Science
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Date: August 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16336

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