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Computational Modeling vs. Computational Explanation: Is Everything a Turing Machine, and Does It Matter to the Philosophy of Mind?

Piccinini, Gualtiero (2004) Computational Modeling vs. Computational Explanation: Is Everything a Turing Machine, and Does It Matter to the Philosophy of Mind? UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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According to pancomputationalism, everything is a computing system. In this paper, I distinguish between different varieties of pancomputationalism. I find that although some varieties are more plausible than others, only the strongest variety is relevant to the philosophy of mind, but only the most trivial varieties are true. As a side effect of this exercise, I offer a clarified distinction between computational modeling and computational explanation.


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Piccinini, Gualtiero
Keywords: computationalism, computational theory of mind, computational modeling, computational explanation, pancomputationalism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Gualtiero Piccinini
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 2017
Public Domain: No
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2017

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