On some fundamental distinctions of computationalism

Synthese 70 (January):79-96 (1987)
The following paper presents a characterization of three distinctions fundamental to computationalism, viz., the distinction between analog and digital machines, representation and nonrepresentation-using systems, and direct and indirect perceptual processes. Each distinction is shown to rest on nothing more than the methodological principles which justify the explanatory framework of the special sciences.
Keywords Computational Complexity  Metaphysics  Perception  Representationalism
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DOI 10.1007/BF00414027
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