PhilSci Archive

Radical embodiment and morphological computation: Against the autonomy of (some) special sciences

Calvo, Paco and Symons, John (2008) Radical embodiment and morphological computation: Against the autonomy of (some) special sciences. In: [2008] Reduction and the Special Sciences (Tilburg, April 10-12, 2008).

[img] Microsoft Word (.doc)
Download (82Kb)

    Abstract

    An asymmetry between the demands at the computational and algorithmic levels of description furnishes the illusion that the abstract profile at the computational level can be multiply realized, and that something is actually being shared at the algorithmic one. A disembodied rendering of the situation lays the stress upon the different ways in which an algorithm can be implemented. However, from an embodied approach, things look rather different. The relevant pairing, I shall argue, is not between implementation and algorithm, but rather between algorithm and computation. The autonomy of psychology is a result of the failure to appreciate this point.


    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: reductionism, special sciences, embodiment, functionalism, cognitive science
    Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Reduction and the Special Sciences (Tilburg, April 10-12, 2008)
    Depositing User: Paco Calvo Garzón
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3950
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3950

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads