Philosophy of Mind Is (in Part) Philosophy of Computer Science

Minds and Machines 21 (2):203-219 (2011)

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Darren Abramson
Dalhousie University
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In this paper I argue that whether or not a computer can be built that passes the Turing test is a central question in the philosophy of mind. Then I show that the possibility of building such a computer depends on open questions in the philosophy of computer science: the physical Church-Turing thesis and the extended Church-Turing thesis. I use the link between the issues identified in philosophy of mind and philosophy of computer science to respond to a prominent argument against the possibility of building a machine that passes the Turing test. Finally, I respond to objections against the proposed link between questions in the philosophy of mind and philosophy of computer science
Keywords Church-Turing thesis   Embodied cognition   Philosophy of computer science   Philosophy of mind   Turing test
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