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  1. Graham White, Semantics, Hermenutics, Statistics: Some Reflections on the Semantic Web. Proceedings of HCI2011.
    We start with the ambition -- dating back to the early days of the semantic web -- of assembling a significant portion human knowledge into a contradiction-free form using semantic web technology. We argue that this would not be desirable, because there are concepts, known as essentially contested concepts, whose definitions are contentious due to deep-seated ethical disagreements. Further, we argue that the ninetenth century hermeneutical tradition has a great deal to say, both about the ambition, and about why it (...)
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  2. Graham White (2013). Notions of Information: Remarks on Fresco's Paper. Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):61-65.
    We compare Fresco’s analysis of the Turing machine-based notion of computation with that of others, in particular with functional programming and with the reversible computing paradigm of Toffoli and others. We conclude that, although much useful philosophical work can be done by the sort of analysis that Fresco proposes, there is, nevertheless, always likely to be a number of individually viable but different accounts of computation.
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  3. Graham White (2011). Bootstrapping Normativity. Philosophy and Technology 24 (1):35-53.
    We compare the role of Cartesian assumptions in the symbol grounding problem and in the Myth of the Given: We argue that the Sellars–McDowell critique of the Myth of the Given and, in particular, its use of the concept of normativity can provide useful resources for responding to the symbol grounding problem. We also describe the concepts of normativity at work in computer science and cognitive science: We argue that normative concepts are pervasive in the sciences and that, in particular, (...)
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  4. Graham White (2011). Descartes Among the Robots. Minds and Machines 21 (2):179-202.
    We consider the symbol grounding problem, and apply to it philosophical arguments against Cartesianism developed by Sellars and McDowell: the problematic issue is the dichotomy between inside and outside which the definition of a physical symbol system presupposes. Surprisingly, one can question this dichotomy and still do symbolic computation: a detailed examination of the hardware and software of serial ports shows this.
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  5. Graham White (2008). Causality, Modality, and Explanation. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 49 (3):313-343.
    We start with Fodor's critique of cognitive science in "The mind doesn't work that way: The scope and limits of computational psychology": he argues that much mental activity cannot be handled by the current methods of cognitive science because it is nonmonotonic and, therefore, is global in nature, is not context-free, and is thus not capable of being formalized by a Turing-like mental architecture. We look at the use of nonmonotonic logic in the artificial intelligence community, particularly with the discussion (...)
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  6. Graham White (2004). Handbook of Philosophical Logic. [REVIEW] History and Philosophy of Logic 25 (2):147-152.
  7. Graham White (2000). Lewis, Causality, and Possible Worlds. Dialectica 54 (2):133–137.
    We show that, given standard assumptions about classical dynamical systems, Lewis' conception of possible worlds is incompatible with classical physics in that it would imply that all dynamical systems were integrable.
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  8. Jenny Teichman & Graham White (eds.) (1995). An Introduction to Modern European Philosophy. St. Martin's Press.
    An Introduction to Modern European Philosophy , contains scholarly but accessible essays by nine British academics on Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Maritain, Hannah Arendt, Habermas, Foucault, and the 'Events' of 1968. Written for English-speaking readers, it describes the varied traditions within 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy, reflecting the dynamism and plurality within the European tradition and presenting opposing points of view. It deals with both French and German philosophers, plus Kierkegaard, and is not (...)
     
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  9. Roberto Casati, Barry Smith & Graham White (eds.) (1994). Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences: Proceedings of the 16th International Wittgenstein Symposium, 15-22 August 1993, Kirchberg Am Wechsel (Austria). [REVIEW] Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky.
  10. Roberto Casati & Graham White (eds.) (1993). Papers of the 16th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Vol. I. The Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society.
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  11. Graham White (1987). Luther on Ecclesiastes and the Limits of Human Ability. Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 29 (1-3):180-194.
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