Physical computation: a mechanistic account [Book Review]

Philosophical Psychology 29 (5):795-797 (2016)
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Joe Dewhurst
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Abstract
Physical Computation is the summation of Piccinini’s work on computation and mechanistic explanation over the past decade. It draws together material from papers published during that time, but also provides additional clarifications and restructuring that make this the definitive presentation of his mechanistic account of physical computation. This review will first give a brief summary of the account that Piccinini defends, followed by a chapter-by-chapter overview of the book, before finally discussing one aspect of the account in more critical detail.
Keywords computation  mechanistic explanation
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2016.1150450
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