Computing as a Science: A Survey of Competing Viewpoints [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Minds and Machines 21 (3):361-387 (2011)
Since the birth of computing as an academic discipline, the disciplinary identity of computing has been debated fiercely. The most heated question has concerned the scientific status of computing. Some consider computing to be a natural science and some consider it to be an experimental science. Others argue that computing is bad science, whereas some say that computing is not a science at all. This survey article presents viewpoints for and against computing as a science. Those viewpoints are analyzed against basic positions in the philosophy of science. The article aims at giving the reader an overview, background, and a historical and theoretical frame of reference for understanding and interpreting some central questions in the debates about the disciplinary identity of computer science. The article argues that much of the discussion about the scientific nature of computing is misguided due to a deep conceptual uncertainty about science in general as well as computing in particular
|Keywords||Computer science Computing as a discipline History of computer science Philosophy of computer science|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Thomas S. Kuhn (1996). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press.
John R. Searle (1980). Minds, Brains and Programs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (3):417-57.
Citations of this work BETA
Viola Schiaffonati & Mario Verdicchio (2014). Computing and Experiments. Philosophy and Technology 27 (3):359-376.
Viola Schiaffonati (2016). Stretching the Traditional Notion of Experiment in Computing: Explorative Experiments. Science and Engineering Ethics 22 (3):647-665.
Nicola Angius (2013). Abstraction and Idealization in the Formal Verification of Software Systems. Minds and Machines 23 (2):211-226.
J. Ignacio Serrano, M. Dolores del Castillo & Manuel Carretero (2014). Cognitive? Science? Foundations of Science 19 (2):115-131.
Similar books and articles
Lynette Hunter (1999). Critiques of Knowing: Situated Textualities in Science, Computing, and the Arts. Routledge.
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (2003). Shifting the Paradigm of Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Information and a New Renaissance. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 13 (4):521-536.
Zenon W. Pylyshyn (1989). Computing and Cognitive Science. In Michael I. Posner (ed.), Foundations of Cognitive Science. MIT Press
Gheorghe Paun & Mario J. Pérez-Jiménez (2003). Recent Computability Models Inspired From Biology: DNA and Membrane Computing. Theoria 18 (1):71-84.
Gualtiero Piccinini (2007). Computing Mechanisms. Philosophy of Science 74 (4):501-526.
R. B. Patel & B. P. Singh (eds.) (2011). 2nd International Conference on Methods and Models in Science and Technology (Icm2st-11), Jaipur, India, 19-20 November 2011. [REVIEW] American Institute of Physics.
Uri Pincas (2011). Program Verification and Functioning of Operative Computing Revisited: How About Mathematics Engineering? [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 21 (2):337-359.
Klaus R. Scherer, Tanja Bnziger & Etienne Roesch (eds.) (2010). A Blueprint for Affective Computing: A Sourcebook and Manual. OUP Oxford.
Peter Kugel (2002). Computing Machines Can't Be Intelligent (...And Turing Said So). Minds and Machines 12 (4):563-579.
Derek Partridge (1995). On the Difficulty of Really Considering a Radical Novelty. Minds and Machines 5 (3):391-410.
P. Thagard (2004). Computing in the Philosophy of Science. In L. Floridi (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Computing and Information. Blackwell 307--317.
Anthony F. Beavers (2011). Recent Developments in Computing and Philosophy. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 42 (2):385-397.
Added to index2011-06-06
Total downloads41 ( #101,275 of 1,907,520 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #77,700 of 1,907,520 )
How can I increase my downloads?