Edited by Corey Maley (University of Kansas)
|Summary||Computers are currently intended as general purpose, programmable devices that carry out algorithmic instructions by way of arithmetic and logical operations. The philosophical literature on computers include the varied spectrum of theoretical, scientific, and technological issues that computers induce. Under theoretical issues are of particular importance those related to computability theory (such as the Church-Turing thesis), complexity, the limits of the computable, the relations between the mind and computers. Under the scientific problems of philosophical relevance are those related to computer-based mathematics, computer-generated arts, the explanation of computational events, pedagogy and human-computer interaction. Under the technological aspects of philosophical importance fall the design and correctness of programs, the nature of simulations, the representation and implementation of data and the nature and semantics of programming languages.|
|Key works||The philosophical relevance of computers is currently investigated in the large body of work that falls under the Philosophy of Computer Science, see Turner 2013.|
|Introductions||See Piccinini 2008 for an explication of the notion of computer according to the mechanistic account of computing mechanisms. For other issues see Turner 2013.|
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